Bad Luck for Big Cats

Two adult mountain lions were killed on Hwy. 101 last week in separate traffic incidents. On Wednesday, an adult cougar was run down while crossing the freeway near Dos Pueblos Canyon in Goleta; early Thursday night, the second was hit on Hwy. 101 near Buellton. The two big-cat fatalities represent the latest in a flurry of increased mountain lion sightings in urban areas across the state, a phenomenon that experts at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History attribute partly to a healthy cougar population approaching carrying capacity and to dry-season hunting patterns: where the deer go, the cats will follow.

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