Altair Development settlement sets aside space for big cats

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A section of Temecula Creek under Interstate 15 serves as a corridor for mountain lions to cross into wildland in the southwest portion of Temecula. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
An agreement between Ambient Communities LLC, developers of the long-planned Altair Development in the far southwest portion of Temecula, the city and the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Mountain Lion Foundation and the Endangered Habitats League, put an end to a lawsuit that had dragged on for two years. The agreement focused on a 55-acre portion of land known as the “South Parcel” which will be set aside as open space to allow mountain lions a way to pass by the development and through an underground crossing at Interstate 15. The environmental groups said creating the buffer for the lions to pass by the development safely is crucial to helping them migrate from the Santa Mountains to the Palomar Mountain area, increasing the breeding diversity in the mountain lio
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