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Mountain lion killed trying to cross 405 Freeway

September 1, 2011 |  9:50 am

The young mountain lion killed Tuesday

A young mountain lion killed Tuesday while trying to cross the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center was one of about half a dozen living in the Santa Monica Mountains.

"We believe it may have made such a daring crossing attempt possibly because it was being flushed out of the area it was in by another male lion," said Woody Smeck, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The 15-month-old male, known as P18, was one of three cubs born last year in the area and had been tracked since it was a few weeks old. Another mountain lion was killed crossing the 405 in the same area three years ago.

Authorities have tried to develop paths that allow the lions to cross under freeways safely.


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Photo: P-18, a mountain lion born in the Santa Monica Mountains in May 2010, was killed Tuesday while crossing the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center. This photo was taken shortly after P-18 became independent from his mother. Credit: National Park Service