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Ensuring public access for pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains

Ensuring public access for pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains

Think of it as public access for pumas: If the Los Angeles City Council has its way, new construction projects in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains would have to include pathways or easements for mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife. The goal, laid out in a motion approved last week by the council, is to develop city rules to make sure development doesn't box in wild animals that need to roam the mountains for food, mates and survival.

The council's concern is well-founded. The hills between the 405 Freeway and Griffith Park still have enough open space to support and serve as a vital passage for wildlife. Famed cougar P-22 managed to cross the Sepulveda Pass and travel...

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