L.A. Cougar Known for Crossing Freeways Killed by Car
Known as P-32, the big cat was one of several that call the sprawling metropolis home.
In southern California, the most dangerous threat to a cougar isn’t a bear, dog, or a hunter—it’s a minivan.
Twelve of the big cats have been killed on roadways since scientists began tracking them in 2002, and this Monday marked another death.
The victim was P-32, a 21-month-old male struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the interstate near Castaic, California (map) in the wee hours.
One of several cougars that roam Los Angeles' sprawling metropolitan region, P-32 was known for his prowess in navigating busy freeways, a skill that made him the first male to successfully disperse from the Santa Monica Mountains.
Tracked since kittenhood, P-32 was also part of the same study project as P-22, a