CALABASAS (CBSLA) — A mountain lion was found dead Wednesday along the center divider of the 101 Freeway in Calabasas.

The California Highway Patrol’s West Valley division posted a photo on Facebook of what appears to be a young, uncollared mountain lion along the the eastbound 101 Freeway at Parkway Calabasas.

(credit: California Highway Patrol)

“It’s always unfortunate when this happens, but CHP located a mountain lion that appeared to have been struck and killed by a vehicle along the US-101 Fwy in Calabasas this morning,” the CHP said in the post.

Ranger Ana Beatriz echoed the CHP’s message and said it wasn’t clear if the mountain lion was part of the ongoing study of the population in the Santa Monica Mountains.

“We don’t know if this lion is one of our study animals,” she said in a Facebook post. “We will pick up its carcass on Friday and it will then undergo a full necropsy.”

An $87 million wildlife bridge that would allow wildlife to safely cross the 101 Freeway is currently under review for a section a few miles west of where the mountain lion was found Wednesday.

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