Situated above a massive freeway that cuts through the Santa Monica Mountains, the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing will reduce vehicle crashes and protect California's mountain lions, which could be gone within 50 years, due to genetic isolation. The $87 million project, being funded with public and private dollars, is a step closer to happening, now that the state has approved $7 million to help build it. About 7,000 highway crashes a year involve large wildlife and cost more than $1 billion between 2015 and 2018. The crossing would reverse inbreeding among mountain lions isolated by the 10-lane highway, scientists say.

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