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In the past three months, six bobcats have been struck and killed by vehicles in the Santa Monica Mountains. For the National Park Service biologists who have studied the local population of wildcats since 2002, it’s an alarming number.
One victim was radio-collared male bobcat B-361, part of the NPS study program. He survived the Woolsey Fire, only to be killed crossing Las Virgenes Road in Malibu Canyon. Another recent fatality was identified as a lactating female. Her kittens may have been collateral damage, starving to death after their mother was killed.