Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SR-2 Freeway: Bobcat Hit By Car Off Corralitas Drive, Silver Lake

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 18, 2015.  Last week, we learned a bobcat was killed on the 2 Freeway adjacent to Corralitas Drive was retrieved by a LA County Natural History Museum biologist earlier this month.

Read the full story: The Eastsider

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 14, 2015.  Rosebud Ave from Corralitas Public Staircase, looking under the 2 Freeway.

If wildlife were trapped by 2 Freeway, so would about 120 residents of Corralitas Drive.  Coyotes, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossum, rats, even snakes have been seen using the Rosebud Ave Undercrossing both day & night.

Ever since we documented Gray Fox on Corralitas in 2008, we've wondered about bobcats, figuring they would use the wildlife corridors through the hills between Griffith Park & Elysian Park as coyotes do.  We don't know where this bobcat came from: the river, Elysian Park or Griffith Park.  If bobcats are in the area, places like the Red Car Property should remain as open space to preserve natural wildlife corridors with minimal road crossings between wildlife populations in Griffith & Elysian Parks. 

We don't know why the bobcat was on the 2 Freeway, or if it knew it could just use Rosebud Ave like everyone else (wildlife included) to cross under the 2 Freeway.