A mountain lion was found dead Monday on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills near an area known for its open space.
The 150-pound mountain lion was struck and killed on the eastbound side of the freeway near Liberty Canyon Road, according to ABC7. Liberty Canyon Road is known for its open space and an area where wildlife can cross into the Santa Monica Mountains.
The National Park Service is in the middle of a study on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rangers and researchers were not available to provide any context if the lion was part of the study because of the federal government shutdown.
There are several documented mountain lions that live in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Santa Monica Mountain range is somewhat of a closed environment, like an island—hemmed in by the Pacific Ocean and the 101 and 405 freeways. The NPS' radio collar studies have shown that male mountain lions establish large territories.
The first mountain lion tracked in the program, P-1, roamed nearly the entire range of the Santa Monica Mountains—from Camarillo to Topanga State Park to the 101. The researchers have also learned that mountain lions almost never attempt to cross the 101 or 405 freeways.