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Mountain lion in wildlife study killed on California freeway

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – A mountain lion that was part of a Southern California wildlife study has been struck and killed on a Los Angeles-area freeway.

The National Park Service says the lion known as P-39 was an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens.

The cat was struck on State Route 118 on Dec. 3 but it wasn’t immediately reported to the park service and its identity wasn’t confirmed until this week.

It’s not known whether the kittens were with P-39 at the time. The cat is the 13th known mountain lion killed on a freeway or road in the study region since 2002.

The park service is studying how mountain lions survive amid urbanization.

Recently, a mountain lion killed alpacas on two ranches near Malibu, triggering debate over whether it should be euthanized.

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