r.i.p. p-54

Reposted from June 2018

One night four years ago, a young mountain lion paid us a visit. She and I locked eyes through the living room window, before she stalked off into the night. We contacted the wildlife people next day, who checked the tracking and let us know it was P-54, an 18 month old female. We felt extremely honoured by her visit.

Last Friday morning, P-54 was struck and killed near Malibu Creek State Park. She was the 29th mountain lion to be killed by a vehicle in the NPS study area since 2002.

I know there are a lot of tragic things happening in the world right now, but this one particularly hurts.

2 thoughts on “r.i.p. p-54

  1. Oh, this is heartbreaking news! So glad you had that special encounter with her a few years ago — a great memory. The big cats are my most favorite of wildlife, although I am interested in them all. They are precious and its so heavy when we get news like this. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sketch of this amazing big cat!

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