California plans freeway bridge for mountain lions to discourage inbreeding

California plans freeway bridge for mountain lions to discourage inbreeding

[Ed. – So many other ways that headline could have been written.  Yet so little time.]

Caltrans announced plans to build a bridge that would help mountain lions safely cross the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills.

Caltrans officials on Saturday said they are seeking a $2 million grant from the federal government’s infrastructure funding program. Biologists worry the animals are inbreeding because they are cut off from other mountain lions.

Experts say the bridge would help integrate the environment and increase public safety by reducing the risk of collisions between vehicles and wildlife.

Initial estimates for the cost of the bridge were about $10 million.

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