A female mountain lion has crossed the 101 Freeway from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully, says researchers. The National Park Service states that the lion, known as P-33 by wildlife staff has left the Camarillo area on the farthest western end of the mountains.
So far, scientists haven’t been successful in getting the exact location of the lion, but hope that the 16-month-old animal crosses the Conejo Grade sometime between 12:00 and 2:00 AM on March 9.
“It’s remarkable that this lion made it across the 101 alive. We are fortunate to have vast areas of undeveloped open space for these animals to roam. We need safe crossing locations for them to keep motorists and animals safe from collisions”, said Linda Parks, Ventura County Supervisor and chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
P-33 is the second mountain lion who crossed the freeway since researchers started putting efforts to examine the area in 2012 to find out how the animals survive in an urbanized environment. They added that the first lion to perform the task was P-33’s grandfather.
Going by the GPS points, the lions being monitored by researchers come right up to the edges of the freeway and turn back, says Dr. Seth Riley, who is a wildlife ecologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area.
Caltrans got 1 million dollars earlier in this year from the State Coastal Conservancy so that they can study environment and come up with alpha designs for constructing the Liberty Canyon crossing.
The lion in question crossed the Conejo Grade between midnight and 2 am, said Linda Parks, Ventura County supervisor and chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.