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Puma was hit by a car on the same road where her mother died

A California mountain lion being monitored by biologists died brutally last week on the same road where her mother was killed four years ago.

A car hit a radio-collared female cougar, known as a P-54, on Las Virgenes Road in the Santa Monica Mountains on Friday and killed her, the National Park Service said on social media.

The announcement noted that the P-54 was the 29th mountain lion since 2002 to be killed by a vehicle in the scientists’ study area, which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Santa Susana Mountains, Verdugo Mountains, and Griffith Park. Ten of the killed cougars had radio collars.

But P-54’s death was especially poignant in light of the death of her mother, P-23, in 2018. P-23 was hit by a car in January of that year “not too far” from where the P-54 died. . After her death, animal advocates said the incident demonstrated the need for more wildlife crossings on California’s busy highways.

P-23 crossing a road in the Santa Monica Mountains in 2013

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“These big cats can’t compare to the network of roads, highways and developments we’ve built without considering their impact on lions or their connection to wildlife,” Center for Biological Diversity lawyer J.P. Rose told HuffPost at the time.

P-54 and her brother were about a year old when their mother was killed, around the start of the period when mountain lion cubs usually leave their mothers and set off on their own.

P-54 As A 4 Week Old Kitten In 2017.
P-54 as a 4 week old kitten in 2017.

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Although the scientists were not sure at first how the kittens would behave, P-54 grew up and eventually became a mother herself. However, her first litter of three cubs is believed not to have survived into early childhood, and two of her second litter also died untimely. One of them, known as P-98, was killed by wildlife guards after attacking a child in a backyard in Los Angeles County.

And two months ago, her other cub, P-97, was killed in the same way as his mother and grandmother, although not on the same road, according to the National Park Service. A car fatally hit him on a freeway near the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He was 18 months old.

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