Mountain lion P-54 is killed by vehicle four years after her mother died on the same road

Mountain lion P-54 is killed by vehicle four years after her mother died on the same road

A mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday in the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from where her mother was killed in a 2018 crash, the National Park Service said.

P-54, born in 2017, was struck around 9:30 a.m. on Las Virgenes Road between Piuma Road and Mulholland Highway, becoming “the latest grim statistic for regional mountain lions,” the park service said in an Instagram post.

The lion will be taken to the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab in San Bernardino for a full necropsy.

She is the 29th mountain lion killed by a vehicle since 2002 in the park service’s cougar study area—which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Griffith Park and the Santa Susana and Verdugo mountains—including 10 lions that had been collared and tracked by parks officials.

Underscoring the ever-present danger mountain lions face trying to cross roads and freeways in the area, P-54’s mother was killed on the same road in January 2018, and her son was killed on the 405 Freeway just two months ago.

Lead Image: Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain.

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