Researchers say DNA testing shows imited territory available to mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains is resulting in inbreeding.
Biologists say because the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills is making it impossible for the mountain lions to spread into the Ahmanson Ranch area, the big cats are inbreeding. The mountain lions are territorial, and traditionally need a wide area to roam.
They say that a male mountain lion they’ve been radio tracking is the father of three new kittens, but that the mother is one of his daughters.
The researchers say the situation highlights the need for a wildlife tunnel under the freeway in the Agoura Hills area.
Past efforts to get funding for the estimated ten million dollar project were unsuccessful, but the biologists say they are applying again for grant money.
The male which fathered the new family of kittens has successful crossed the freeway in Agoura Hills, but another mountain lion was struck, and killed by traffic in the same area.