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posted Jan 15, 2016, 8:48 PM by chloe owens

9/22/15 – Mountain Lions -

Earlier this month, the state of California unveiled a 165-foot wide wildlife bridge proposal that would span all ten lanes of Highway 101 in the hills outside Los Angeles. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for—a real plan to build the largest wildlife crossing in America and connect critical habitat for mountain lions and other at-risk wildlife living in the Santa Monica Mountains!

Southern California mountain lions like the world famous Hollywood Lion, known as P22, are hemmed in by highways. To mate—and to just survive—they have to cross a maze of LA freeways. Their natural home range is over 250 square miles.

More often than not, when a mountain lion gets to the freeway, it’s hit by a car. At least a dozen big cats have died trying to cross busy freeways. The remaining population is trapped with few mating options, resulting in the animals inbreeding or killing one another.

National Wildlife Federation, along with our partners, are fully committed to having all approvals and funding in place so construction can begin…