Mountain lion that made rare crossings of Highway 101 found dead


A Southern California mountain lion known for successfully crossing the daunting U.S. 101 freeway twice has been found dead.

National Park Service officials announced Wednesday the death of P-55, an approximately 3-year-old male that was part of a study of cougars in and around the Santa Monica Mountains.

The cause of death is unknown because his tracking collar failed to emit a “mortality signal” and his remains were too decomposed when found.

Officials say the seemingly healthy cougar possibly died from ingesting rat poison or a fight with another male.

P-55 first made news when he crossed the wide and busy 101 last year west of Los Angeles. He later crossed back.

The highway is a formidable barrier for dispersal of the cats from the Santa Monicas. Few have succeeded.



Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Tracking COVID-19 in the Bay Area

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News