Mountain lion P-61 (NPS Photo)
by: Associated Press
Posted: Sep 7, 2019 / 02:02 PM PDT / Updated: Sep 7, 2019 / 02:07 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A male mountain lion who successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles two months ago has been struck and killed on the same section of the freeway.
A National Park Service ranger said the 4-year-old big cat known as P-61 was hit around 4 a.m. Saturday in the Sepulveda Pass section of Interstate 405.
In July, P-61 became the first big cat documented to cross the massive freeway during a 17-year study of mountain lions.
The most famous big cat to cross the 405 is P-22, a lion that lives in Griffith Park, but P-22 was not wearing a GPS collar at the time of his journey.
Researchers believe a negative encounter with an uncollared male mountain lion could have caused P-61 to cross the freeway again.