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By Phil Helsel
A mountain lion known for traversing the notoriously busy highways of Los Angeles has died after he had survived the Woolsey Fire. 1
Three people also died in the fire, which was completely restrained until 21 November the Los's office said The fire forced the evacuation of Malibus and other communities and burned nearly 97,000 acres, officials said.
"P-64 was a fascinating cat to study because it traversed our notoriously deadly highways dozens of times." said Jeff Sikich, biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, in a statement.
The mountain lion crossed highway 101 several times, used a long and narrow storm runoff and earned it the nickname "the Dulc Cat."
He crossed The 101 and 118 freeways totaled 41 times in the nine months researchers had tracked it down, with almost all 101 crossings likely through the passage, some of the 118's crossings were probably on the surface, although there are also tunnels in the area, said Kate Kuykendall, a spokeswoman for the NPS.
The remains of the approximately 4-year-old male mountain lion were found on Monday after Sikich had hiked to the location of the last known GPS spot on a station pursuit device, said the NPS.
An necropsy or autopsy on animals is performed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to determine a cause of death.
P-64 was only the fifth mountain lion to be successfully documented when crossing the 101 freeway since the NPS started NBC Los Angeles reported in March. The animal was first captured in the Simi Hills in February 2018, the park service said.
The animal appeared to be dead a few days when it was found, the park service said. After the outbreak of the fire, the P-64 traveled through the Simi Hills for the next few days and covered a few miles before "breaking down in a remote area," the NPS said.
The Mountain Lion was on a telemetry device on November 26, more than two weeks after the fire, in an unburned area of the Simi Hills, giving researchers the hope that the P-64 was killed and survived after the fire, said the parking service. [19659007OneotherbirdsyoungmannameP-74sollinWoolseyFireoderunmittelbardwasfactedbytheparkserviceVondesearch13thatresearchersinRegiontrackedglazeswereneighboringthebrandrandandneveryone
The most famous of the tracked mountain lions is the P-22, to whose popular Griffith Park the famous Griffith Park ranks Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Mountain Lion populations are genetically isolated due to highways and human development, which has triggered fears of long-term viability, Kuykendall said.
A green bridge project The Agoura Hills 101 Motorway, which will support wildlife movement, is under construction and could be completed in 2022, and Woolsey Fire "really underlined the benefits of crossing it," she said.