How much longer will mountain lions roam LA?

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In June of 2018, National Park Service researchers discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens in the Simi Hills, a small area of habitat wedged between the larger Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges. Photo credit: National Park Service.

Mountain lions now roam the hills surrounding Los Angeles. But there's a 99.7% chance they will be extinct in the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Ana Mountains in less than 50 years, according to a study by the Park Service and UCLA. Environmentalists have filed a petition to protect the big cats under the California Endangered Species Act.