LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 15-month-old mountain lion was killed while trying to cross the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, authorities said Wednesday.

The puma, fatally struck by a vehicle near Getty Center Drive on Tuesday, was one of a handful in the Santa Monica Mountains that were being studied by naturalists, according to Woody Smeck, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The cat was born in May of 2010 and, at three weeks old, fitted with a collar that enabled researchers to track it, Smeck said. It eventually left its mother’s home range, centered around Malibu Creek State Park, and started moving east.

Researchers are continuing to study two other mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, Smeck said.

Near the Verdugo Mountains bordering Burbank and Glendale, at least five mountain lion sightings have been reported this summer, though it is unclear how many big cats may live in that range, which connects to the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Comments (5)
  1. PL says:

    Poor kitty 😦
    They need to put tunnels,conduits, under the roadway
    to enable wildlife crossing

  2. Ozzie says:

    this is so sad, that the poor mountain lion had to try to cross that huge freeway and didnt have a wildlife corridor to use to safely cross. humans are taking every inch of space and where is the wildlife supposed to go to live?

  3. Kandee43 says:

    Poor kitty, his bad luck was being born in the city.

  4. Ricky Grubb says:

    I live near the Big Tujunga Wash where the Lions cross under the 210 in Sunland, The Verdugo Hills have seen them (including on my street). We have robbed too much of our Natural systems and native species, at too many turns already, Track the lions, give them corridors to the Verdugos on both sides of the 210 freeway please.

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