P-74, Lone Mountain Lion Unaccounted for in Woolsey Fire Burn Area, ‘Likely Did Not Survive’: Wildlife Officials

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The only mountain lion who remained unaccounted for weeks after the devastating Woolsey Fire burned through a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains is believed to have perished in the flames, authorities said Monday.

"We're sorry to report that P-74, the latest mountain lion that we captured as part of our mountain lion study, likely did not survive the Woolsey Fire," the National Park Service announced in a Facebook post.

Officials who track wildfire haven't heard anything from the big cat's GPS collar since Nov. 9, when flames from the destructive wildfire tore through the central part of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Additionally, biologists who went searching for P-74 on foot also haven't been able to track down the approximately 1-year-old cougar.

If confirmed, he would be the only mountain lion of 13 tracked in the study to have been killed in the Woolsey Fire; wildlife officials deemed all others alive and safe in the days after the massive blaze ravaged the cougars' habitat.

All four bobcats being monitored in the region also survived.

After erupting near Simi Valley on Nov. 7, the Woolsey Fire scorched nearly 97,000 acres, killed three people and destroyed at least 1,500 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze particularly devastated the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area, charring much of the national park land within the span of a week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

It was fully contained last Wednesday, according to Cal Fire.

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