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Mountain Lion P-74 Likely Died in Woolsey Fire

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National Park Service officials said Monday that a young mountain lion they were tracking in the Santa Monica Mountains likely died in the massive Woolsey Fire.

P-74, a male lion born last year, had been unaccounted for since the fire erupted. A dozen other lions being tracked by the Park Service were eventually located, along with four bobcats, but P-74 remained missing. Park officials said in a Twitter post Monday that P-74 likely died in the blaze.

Beth Pratt is working with government officials, industry, and the local community to fundraise for a bridge that might save LA's mountain lions from the grim future predicted for them: extinction within 50 years. Aliya Jasmine accompanies Pratt on a 5 day 50 mile hike to retrace the steps of P-22.

"His GPS collar has not reported to us since Nov. 9, the day the fire moved into the central part of the Santa Monica Mountains," according to the Park Service. "We believe that he had not yet dispersed from his mother, who was not radio-collared."

P-74 was the newest lion being tracked by the Park Service in its study of the animals' movements in the mountains.

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