Mountain lion killed while crossing LA freeway

September 1, 2011 - 12:45 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 15-month-old mountain lion has been killed while trying to cross one of Los Angeles' busiest freeways.

Authorities say the cat was struck by a vehicle Tuesday on Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda Pass, near where officials closed a 10-mile stretch of the freeway in July while workers removed part of a bridge.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area superintendent Woody Smeck tells City News Service the mountain lion was one of a handful in the nearby mountains that were being studied by naturalists.

Smeck says the cat was born in May 2010 and was fitted with a tracking collar when it was three weeks old. He says it eventually left its mother's home range and started moving east.

It was unclear if the mountain lion was the first to have been killed on one of the region's freeways.