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Letters to the Editor: Yes to mountain lion crossings — and a suggestion in the meantime?



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To the editor: The {photograph} of P-89, the lifeless cougar by the freeway that accompanied your editorial was heartbreaking. Your record of treatments was most encouraging. Right here’s one other risk which may be added to them.

Because the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Malibu Creek State Park and different such businesses already can remotely learn the monitoring collars connected to most of the animals, may they not place receivers at these areas alongside the freeways that the animals most continuously cross? Then these receivers, tuned to the animals’ monitoring collar indicators, may activate appropriate alarms to scare away the cougars. Skilled recreation wardens might have higher alternate options.

However, on an experimental foundation, to see if it’s efficient, it’s a heckuva lot higher than doing nothing, and permitting these magnificent animals to be killed off by freeway site visitors.

Christopher Purcell, La Quinta


Many readers and residents voice their thanks on your sturdy endorsement of Meeting Invoice 2344, the Protected Roads and Wildlife Safety Act quickly to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

We’re all deeply dismayed by the information of continued deaths of those treasured creatures on our roads and freeways. In an effort to stem this tide of mounting deaths, many people have donated to assist construct the Wallis Annenberg Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing and are happy to be taught that there’s funding for these sorts of critically wanted initiatives.

If we want for cougars and different wild creatures nonetheless trying to stay in our surrounding mountains, hills and even Griffith Park, these new crossings have to be constructed. The animals desperately want area to roam and discover a wholesome mate and are, as famous, already sorely confused by the shrinking of their habitats, wildfires and deadly rat-poisons. The inhabitants has proven assist for the passage of this measure — its time has positively come.

Elaine Livesey-Fassel, Los Angeles