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Mountain lion killed while trying to cross 2 Freeway in Glendale

A mountain lion was killed Monday night while attempting to cross the 2 Freeway in Glendale.
(Roger Wilson / Glendale News-Press)

A 100-pound adult mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle this week on the 2 Freeway in Glendale, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The male cougar suffered major trauma to the right side of its body when it was hit Monday night while attempting to cross the freeway two miles north of Mountain Street, said Janice Mackey, spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The large cat was not wearing a collar, meaning it was not one of the lions in the area that are being tracked by UC Davis researchers, she added.

The cat’s body was returned to local mountains where, Mackey said, “Mother Nature will make good use of it.”

Just east of the where the lion was found, Mackey said, a mountain lion had been seen in an area where there is plenty of open space.

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A Glendale resident on Tuesday also reported spotting a mountain lion in the 300 block of Cumberland Road, according to Ricky Whitman, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Humane Society.

Animal control officers searched the area, but didn’t find the lion.

In Cupertino, Calif., meanwhile, game wardens continued to search for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy this past weekend while he was hiking with his parents.

The boy was released Monday afternoon from a San Jose hospital after suffering puncture wounds and cuts to his head and neck.

For breaking news in Los Angeles and throughout California, follow @VeronicaRochaLA. She can be reached at veronica.rocha@latimes.com.


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