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Mountain lion P-23 killed on Malibu Canyon Road

Mountain lion P-23 killed on Malibu Canyon Road
The remains of female mountain lion P-23 were recently found near Malibu Canyon Road, where it appears she was struck by a vehicle. (Courtesy of National Park Service)

The Santa Monica Mountains cougar known as P-23 was found dead near Malibu Canyon Road recently, where she appears to have been struck by a vehicle, according to the National Park Service.

"We've been tracking P-23 since she was just a few weeks old and have documented her dispersal from her mom, establishment of a home range as an adult, and birth to three litters of kittens," said Jeff Sikich, biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

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"Unfortunately, her life came to an end prematurely due to the challenge of navigating the complex road network in this area," Sikich said.

The mountain lion was 5 ½ years old and had given birth to at least two offspring more than a year ago.

The activities of P-23, who is the 18th mountain lion known to have been killed on a freeway or road in the region, have been heavily documented by the National Park Service.

In 2013, she won internet fame when she was photographed on top of a deer on Mulholland Highway.

 
  (Los Angeles Times)

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