Mountain lion killed in downtown Oceanside in car accident

Mountain lion killed in downtown Oceanside in car accident

Universal horror comedy film 2023 Cocaine bear It tells an exaggerated version of a tragic but true story. In 1985, a drug smuggler flying over the Tennessee wilderness dropped off 40 containers of cocaine, which was later discovered by an unfortunate tailback bear who was partying so hard that he died. It’s just one inspiring example of the strange ways in which humans and other animals interact at the boundaries of our environments.

As our cities and suburbs encroach into wild spaces, the chance of unfortunate collisions between humans and wild animals continues to grow. On March 9, 2024, a young mountain lion was found dead in downtown Oceanside, California, the victim of a car accident. That was just days after residents saw a mountain lion (possibly his own) peering through the windows of movie theaters and wandering the streets. The sighting was confirmed by the Oceanside Police Department and the animal was captured on surveillance footage in a courtyard and parking garage outside City Hall.

One car struck a mountain lion near North River and Wilshire roads in Oceanside, NBC 7 San Diego reported. The driver was not injured, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted to examine the deceased cat.

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Mountain lion killed in car accident in downtown Oceanside

Authorities identified the animal as a young male, likely searching for his own plot of land. When young mountain lions are between 14 and 18 months old, they leave home and go to work. Lions move an average of 2.3 miles per day during this dispersal period, and juvenile males will move up to 400 miles away from their birthplace. When mountain lions are born within a scattered distance of a city, they sometimes find themselves in a place they don’t want to be.

Mountain lions, also known as cougars, panthers, felines, or cougars, inhabit the western part of North America and most of South America. They have the largest collection of wildlife in the Americas, from the Yukon in Canada to Chile.

They are omnivorous predators and specialize in large prey such as deer, elk, moose, and mountain goats. While they prefer terrestrial habitats including forests, lowlands, mountains and deserts, their huge range often brings them into contact with people, which can lead to potentially tragic consequences. They have no natural predators, so their only real threat is us and our cities.

In the modern world, non-human animals sometimes die in decidedly human ways, either victims of collisions with metal machinery they cannot understand, or unintentional victims of drug overdoses. We have built a strange world and perhaps it is our responsibility to do a better job of protecting mountain lions, bears and other creatures from it.

See what happens when humans and animals collide in Cocaine Bear, available from Universal Pictures.

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