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Yet another Santa Monica Mountains mountain lion which is part of research study killed by car

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Jeff Sikich
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National Park Service
This is P-81, one of the mountain lions in a two decade old study of the population of the big cats in the Santa Monica Mountains. Another one of the mountain lions, P-104, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wednesday.

P-104 is 25th mountain lion in two-decade long study to be fatally injured by a vehicle.

Yet another mountain lion that’s part of a study of the big cats in Southern California has been hit, and killed by a car. It happened early Wednesday morning on the Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu, and the Ventura County line.

The mountain lion was designated P-104 by National Park Service biologists. It was wearing a radio tracking collar as part of a long-term study on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area. P-104 had just recently been collared, and added to the study.

It was the 25th mountain lion killed by a vehicle since the study started 20 years ago.

The danger posed by these types of accidents has led to the environmental community raising money to build what will be the world’s largest freeway wildlife crossing over Highway 101. Work is expected to start later this year on the roughly $90 million Liberty Canyon crossing project in the Agoura Hills area.