mountain lions

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Two mountain lions have been found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, bringing the total to five deaths from various causes this year. Biologists studying mountain lions say the latest deaths highlight what’s becoming a growing concern in the region: anticoagulant rodenticides, better known as rat poison, is ending up in the food chain, and killing some of the protected big cats.

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A Ventura County man entered a guilty plea to criminal charges stemming from the killing of a mountain lion which was part of a National Park Service research study. Ventura County prosecutors say Alfredo Gonzales of Simi Valley was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 30 days in a work release program, and ordered to do 240 hours of community service at an animal shelter.

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A mountain lion from the Santa Monica Mountains which was struck, and killed by a vehicle on a freeway may have ended up there because he was being chased by another mountain lion. Mountain lion P-61 died September 7th when he was hit on the 405 Freeway in the Sherman Oaks area.

Patrols were stepped up all night Tuesday and into Wednesday morning after a mountain lion was seen at UC Santa Barbara.

The big cat was seen at Campus Point near the lagoon and surface road turnaround.

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Researchers monitoring mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains say one of them has accomplished an unusual, but dangerous feat. For the first time in nearly two decades of research, a mountain lion with a GPS collar crossed the 405 Freeway.

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A non-profit group which provides support for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has made a major donation to the National Park Service to support research. The Santa Monica Mountains Fund gave $75,000 to the Park Service for efforts to study the mountain lion, bobcat, and coyote populations.

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It’s an electronic message that biologists hate to see. Something was apparently wrong with one of the mountain lions being tracked in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Seth Riley is a wildlife ecologist for the National Recreation Area. He says when they got to a central, remote part of the mountain range, they found the remains of the mountain lion known as P-47.

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They’ve literally become Southern California’s cool cats, grabbing media attention for photographs of them in the Hollywood Hills. But, concern is high about the future of mountain lions in Southern California, and new research says there’s no question they face the risk of extinction in our lifetimes.

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A mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, and injured by the Woolsey Fire has died.

The remains of P-64 were found in an unburned portion of the Simi Hills. A necropsy is pending to determine the cause of death, but the big cat’s paws had been burned.  It's believed the mountain lion died weeks after the fire.

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National Park Service researchers say they’ve discovered a litter of four cute looking mountain lion cubs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, but they are also worried they may be the result of inbreeding. 

They appear to be in good health. The researchers say it’s the fourth litter of kittens for their mother, a mountain lion known as P-19.

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Researchers discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens in eastern Ventura County.

The kittens were discovered in the Simi Hills, a critical habitat area for mountain lions between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges.

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There’s been yet another mountain lion death in our region.

The remains of a mountain lion known to researchers as P-41 were found in the Verdugo Mountains northwest of Burbank. Biologists think his death may be related to the recent La Tuna brush fire in the area, because when mountain lions burn their paws on hot ground, they are unable to hunt.

A necropsy has been scheduled on the carcass of the 10 year old big cat. Biologists have been tracking a number of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

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An environmental report has been released on a cutting edge proposal to build the state’s first wildlife highway crossing on Highway 101.

Caltrans is proposing construction of the crossing west of Liberty Canyon Road, in Agoura Hills.

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They’re cute and they appear to be cuddly, but you probably wouldn’t want to play with the South Coast’s newest residents because they have sharp teeth, and big claws.

Researchers say they’ve discovered two new mountain lion cubs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and its possible their father may be related to them in four different ways, due to inbreeding.

It’s a group dedicated to supporting a huge slice of nature in our region.

The odds are good you’ve never heard of it, but the Santa Monica Mountains Fund  is a key supporter of the 150,000 acre plus Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.