Mountain lion killed on 101, but which one?

The carcass of a dead mountain lion was found Monday morning on the shoulder of the eastbound U.S. 101 freeway near the Liberty Canyon Road exit. That is in Agoura Hills, in an area that wild animals are known to use to cross between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south and the wildlands of the Simi Hills to the north. Because of the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service researchers who tag and monitor the pumas in the Santa Monicas have not put out word on whether this was one of the cougars they know.

P12-simi-hills.JPGThe NPS trackers had previously known of only one mountain lion to successfully cross the 101, a male designated as P-12 who headed into the Santa Monicas. P-12 mated with at least two female lions in the range to produce six cubs. Last we heard P-12 was still in the Santa Monicas. The lion found on Monday did not appear to have a neck collar, according to a driver who stopped and talked later to the Acorn newspaper.

During a recent lecture about local predators, NPS wildlife ecologist Seth Riley said his agency is currently tracking seven mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills. One male and three females live south of the 101 Freeway, two are in the Simi Hills and one lives in Griffith Park.

P-22, the Griffith Park lion, has been in the news lately because of a National Geographic photo of him in color in front of the city skyline at night.

Agoura Hills Patch

Cropped photo of P-12 when first captured in the Simi Hills in 2008. Urban

More by Kevin Roderick:
Register adds Mark Heisler as NBA columnist
Mountain lion killed on 101, but which one?
Fire chief out at LAFD *
Garcetti appointments not so special thus far
Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.10.13
Recent Fauna stories on LA Observed:
Mountain lion killed on 101, but which one?
Great White sharks feed on whale carcass (video)
Vaux's Swifts over downtown*
Boobies of the blue-footed kind are all over LA now
Writer describes his black widow bite (and hospital stay)

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook