As Southern California cougars near ‘extinction vortex,’ a radical rescue plan emerges

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As Southern California cougars near ‘extinction vortex,’ a radical rescue plan emerges

As Southern California cougars near ‘extinction vortex,’ a radical rescue plan emerges

The future is looking increasingly bleak for some Southern California mountain lions. Urban encroachment, inbreeding, vehicle strikes, rat poison and wildfire have all taken their toll on cougars living in the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Now, research published Wednesday suggests there’s an almost one-in-four chance the charismatic cats could become extinct in those areas within 50 years.

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