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California’s mighty predator — the mountain lion — faces ‘extinction vortex’

P-33, the first known mountain lion to cross the 101 Freeway northward into the Simi Hills in March 2015. She later made her way to Los Padres National Forest, where her remains were found in July. (National Park Service)

Los Angeles Times

As the mountain lions of Southern California approach what some experts call an “extinction vortex,” environmentalists are demanding that state officials grant the big cats protective status — a move that could potentially ban development on thousands of acres of prime real estate.