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P-22’s source colony west of Hollywood is a notoriously fragile one. Cut-off by highways and development to other cougars, fewer than a dozen cats hang on by a genetic thread in the Santa Monica Mountains. We often talk of how cougar populations require little management. In this case, they do, and the National Park Service shutdown is hurting them. A wildlife corridor or bridge across Route 101 would provide exchange between cats beyond the Santa Monicas.

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