Mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains NRA may get help crossing busy California highway

Help may be on the way for an at-risk population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, as the California Department of Transportation intends to move forward with building a wildlife crossing over busy Highway 101, which could both help reduce the number of animals struck and killed by vehicles in addition to increasing the genetic diversity of the pumas by bringing new big cats into the area.

Caltrans last week released for comment its initial study and environmental assessment of a proposal to build a vegetated wildlife crossing over U.S. Highway 101 (the Ventura Freeway) west of Liberty Canyon Road in the city of Agoura Hills. The agency intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration on the project, based on studies that show it will not significantly affect the quality of the environment provided that the project incorporates certain measures such as vegetation and replanting, water quality permits, and post-construction monitoring.

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