A female mountain lion made a rare appearance on Mulholland Highway in a remote part of the Santa Monica Mountains this week.
The mountain lion, identified by the National Park Service as Puma-23, recently left her mother.
The sight was captured by Irv Nilsen for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
The SMMNRA posted on its Facebook page:
A lion on top of a deer on Mulholland Hwy! This is P-23, a young female who has recently dispersed from mom. Of the 400+ kills our biologists have hiked in on, this is the only one they've seen right on a road, so it's quite a rare sight! She dragged the deer into the dense brush shortly after this photo was taken for a little more privacy.
The National Park Service has been studying mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002.