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The mountain lion named P-22, which is usually found for travel in Los Angeles, freeways, expressways, and spending time in the park, it is a bit of a legend in the usa. However, it is also seen by environmentalists as a symbol of the threats to the wildlife in a state known for expansive development, and a spaghetti-style roads.
Now, environmentalists and local transportation officials are working on plans for the construction of a mostly privately-funded wildlife crossing on US 101 in the Southern part of California, as a way of trying to fend off the extinction of the mountain lion and other animals more space to roam.
The new animal overpass, and the second of its kind in the country, it will also have coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes, and other animals to a safe on-ramp to the wide open spaces, and improved access to food and potential mates.
The New york times reports, the flyover, the biggest in the world, stretching from 200 m up to 10 lanes of a busy motorway and the feeder road is only 35 km to the north-west of the city of LA.
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The mountain lion known as P-22, it is to be seen in The Park, in the vicinity of the city of Los Angeles, california.
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“When the highway went in, the cut-off of the ecosystem. We’re just now seeing the effects of that,” Beth Pratt, National Wildlife Federation, told the AP.
Scientists tracking mountain lions fitted with GPS-collars have reportedly found the roads to catch the animal in the Santa Monica Mountains, which prevent them from mating.
“They will not be able to get out of here for the dates, and the cats can’t get to the data. … And for those of us in the LA area, is to have a good prospect of being destroyed by the traffic, it is something we can all relate to,” said Pratt.
The result of this isolation, the researchers say, is threatening the genetic breakdown of the mountain lions. Loss of habitat has driven the people of the future, which could lead to extinction within the last 15 years, except for the big cats to have regular contact with other population groups, increasing their diversity, according to a new study, published this year, The Associated Press reports.
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The $87 million, the bridge was in the final design phase of the previous month, on track for a groundbreaking within a year or two to complete by 2023, according to officials.
More than $13.5 million in private investment have already been raised, said Pratt. Government officials are considering offering naming rights to the bridge as an entity, or a person might be in a studio in Hollywood, a star or a pony, a substantial donation has been made.
The remaining 20 per cent of the money has already been allocated, at the direction of the projects, the officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.