We must treat the death of the P-97 cougar as an emergency

For the editor: We’re used to roadkill cougars. On April 21, the eve of Earth Day, we’ve had the 26th in this region in the past two decades.

Your article, while helpful, did not suggest actions that could be taken to mitigate these road accidents. I offer a few suggestions:

  • Post warning signs at known crossings and post a reduced speed limit at these locations.
  • Increase and enforce civil and criminal penalties for violations of laws protecting threatened or endangered species.
  • Acquire and restore through known cougar habitats in eminent domain, including the entire 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch, where 11 were killed by hunters, and designate them as a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Connect the fate of cougars to the sixth man-made mass extinction and the climate crisis.

Robert Leyland Monefeldt, Los Angeles

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For the editor: As tragic as it is, Thursday’s death of the P-97 cougar, hit by a car on Highway 405, could not be more relevant.

He is truly the paschal lamb of the movement to save future mountain lions by erecting wildlife crossings, particularly the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing on Highway 101 at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills, which opened on Friday.

May the death of P-97 help save countless other animals who dare to cross our mega-highways.

Natalie Hall, Encino

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For the editor: We humans have created cars that can drive themselves, with our help. Some cars will even stop for me if they sense me crossing a street.

Southern California cougars are tagged and tracked. How hard would it be to put another gadget on the collar that gives the animal a little electric shock if it’s about to cross the 405 and there’s oncoming traffic?

Hopefully Assembly Bill 2344, currently in the state legislature, will pass and 10 more wildlife overpasses will be erected in a jiffy to eliminate “hotspots of destruction at the edge of road “.

Lisa Edmondson, Los Angeles