Mountain Lion Population in Santa Monica Mountains November 11, 2010 California

Mountain Lion Neighbors  November 20, 2010 California Palisadian-Post 

Jeff Sikich, a mountain lion biologist with the National Park Service, estimates only 10 lions are left in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Mountain Lion Foundation, a national nonprofit conservation and education organization, believes the critical threat is loss of habitat, and that habitat acquisition, restoration and protection must be a priority. 

'Our surveys results also indicate that lions can and will use movement corridors across freeways, and readily cross smaller roads in the Santa Monica Mountains,' Sikich said. 'However, we have only confirmed one lion out of 20 that successfully crossed the 101 Freeway [the Ventura freeway from the 405 to the Pacific Ocean].'Mountain lion existence in the Santa Monica Mountains will depend on movement across the 101.' 

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