Hollywood's cougars set to get their own break-out bridge

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Wildlife campaigners are getting ready to build the world's largest wildlife crossing over a Los Angeles highway that has trapped a clan of mountain lions for decades, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.

The crossing will be built in Agoura Hills, over a stretch of the 101 Freeway that roars with the traffic of 300,000 vehicles each day.

It will be shaped to blend into the surrounding mountain habitat, providing a connection between the small group of mountain lions trapped in the Santa Monica Mountains and the larger and genetically diverse populations to the north.

The lions are listed as endangered, and seventeen of them have been killed by traffic since 2002. Scientists have also found evidence of genetic abnormalities caused by the inbreeding of lions that are trapped in the small area.

When complete, the 200-foot-long, 165-foot-wide bridge will be the largest of its kind in the world.

The biggest problem is that California won't pay for it and campaigners have only raised $38 million so far. They need at least $65 million by August to avoid costly delays and to complete construction by 2025.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Highlight LA highway, then surrounding terrain, add proposed animal crossing, zoom in
2. Earth rotates, zoom from global to local, detailed map of highway, Agoura Hills, proposed site
3. Show crossing from afar, zoom in, show family of lions walking over
4. Driver's view on busy freeway, lion runs over freeway, lion lying dead next to central divider
5. Lion with kinked tail (genetic defect) walking near Hollywood sign, hills near LA
6. Show highway from side, as crossing is systematically built over it

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Wildlife campaigners are getting ready to build the world's largest wildlife crossing over a Los Angeles highway that has trapped a clan of mountain lions for decades, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times."

"The crossing will be built in Agoura Hills, over a stretch of the 101 Freeway that roars with the traffic of 300,000 vehicles each day."

"It will be shaped to blend into the surrounding mountain habitat, providing a connection between the small group of mountain lions trapped in the Santa Monica Mountains and the larger and genetically diverse populations to the north."

"The lions are listed as endangered, and seventeen of them have been killed by traffic since 2002. Scientists have also found evidence of genetic abnormalities caused by the inbreeding of lions that are trapped in the small area."

"When complete, the 200-foot-long, 165-foot-wide bridge will be the largest of its kind in the world."

"The biggest problem is that California won't pay for it and campaigners have only raised $38 million so far. They need at least $65 million by August to avoid costly delays and to complete construction by 2025."

SOURCES: L.A. Times, ABC, OC Register
https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2021-07-04/freeway-overpass-would-save-california-cougars-from-oblivion
https://abc7.com/amp/wildlife-crossing-101-agoura-hills-mountain-lion-socal-lions/10635608/
https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/28/new-wildlife-bridge-might-be-what-saves-southern-californias-mountain-lions/amp/