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High-speed rail could doom mountain lions, other wildlife in Santa Cruz Mountains, biologists say

Chris Wilmers and Laurel Serieys of UC Santa Cruz along with Tanya Diamond and Ahiga Snyder of Pathways for Wildlife (left to right) outfit a captured bobcat with a radio tracking collar to better understand how and where animals are traveling across the Coyote Valley. (Courtesy of Laurel Serieys)

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High-speed rail may end up connecting northern and southern California like never before, but biologists are worried it could cause the local extinction of mountain lions and other wildlife in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The valley connects more than 1,500 square miles of wildlife habitat spread between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the Diablo Range to the east.