Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

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Friends pulled a dead mountain lion out of the roadway yesterday in the Gaviota Pass area. Still waiting for more details but this would be the seventh one killed in the area in the past 3-4 years. Fish and Wildlife notified and waiting to hear whether they removed the body. The holiday means we won’t know until tomorrow probably. If anyone knows more please share.

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PitMix Jan 19, 2022 11:48 AM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

The reality is that we will kill off every large mammal on the planet in the wild before 2100 hits. Not that I will see that year.
I guess we will still have coyotes - maybe we can change our state animal to them.

Coastal Rancher Jan 18, 2022 10:38 AM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

The actual location of this road-killed lion was by the Pork Palace on the southbound side of Highway 101. This is south of Buellton and north of the Gaviota Pass, not where it was first believed to be. Still a part of the declining wild cat population in the Santa Ynez range of mountains. This lion's death has been added to the State's CROS database (California Roadside Observation System) along with thousands of other wildlife deaths caused by vehicles throughout the State every year.

jak Jan 18, 2022 04:08 AM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

Personally, I’ve run over a mountain lion. Even at 45 mph I almost lost control of the car. These are big animals and can be hard to see depending on time of day and coloration. My boy was dark like the asphalt he was crossing (they tend to be different colors east of the Rockies). Yes it is important to get them out of the road just as it is with any large animal.

Babycakes Jan 17, 2022 01:23 PM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

Unfortunately, we will see more and more of these precious cats run over by cars as their population continues to increase. Many of the younger male cats are essentially pushed out to seek their own territories, and in so doing so end up walking across roadways. We saw one a couple months back just north of Winchester canyon. It was hunting and creeping along the ground quite low as to remain unobserved by its prey. We did not see what it was after, but maybe it was going after a coyote or one of the calves that we saw in the area. Gorgeous on the lookout when you are driving and maybe some of them won't get run over and left to die on the roadway or on the side of the roadway (highway/freeway).

AwareHuman Jan 17, 2022 12:12 PM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

So sad. So VERY sad. A bridge is needed for wildlife. Such majestic sentient beings like mountain lions are having a hard time w/ so many cars.

ZeroHawk Jan 17, 2022 04:25 PM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

SB really? you need people to explain the obvious to you? Man...ok here we go: here are some possible reasons: Compassion & decency for the deceased animal. Kindness & decency to the deceased animal and other drivers. Assisting F&G. I am sure I can conjure up some more if i felt like spending more time on this, but nope. Think for yourself. Don't post questions when the answer is obvious.

a-1642454337 Jan 17, 2022 01:18 PM
Another Mountain Lion Killed in Gaviota Pass

Just a few reasons:
Decency toward the animal who lost its life.
Safety for other drivers (won't swerve to avoid a large dead animal).
Decency toward animal control officers who pick up road kill later, when it's ripe.
Desire to keep the street in front of their house clean of organic matter.

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