Moun­tain lion dies af­ter sur­viv­ing Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

A moun­tain lion who sur­vived nu­mer­ous treach­er­ous free­way cross­ings and a mas­sive wild­fire north­west of Los An­ge­les has died.

Au­thor­i­ties us­ing data from his track­ing col­lar found the re­mains of P-64 ear­lier this week in an un­burned area of the Simi Hills.

P-64 was a 4-year-old male whose ter­ri­tory in­cluded the hills and parts of the Santa Mon­ica and Santa Su­sana moun­tains.

Re­searchers say the big cat suf­fered burned paws but sur­vived last month’s Woolsey Fire that rav­aged the area.

He was last known to be alive on Nov. 26. There’s no word yet on the cause of death. P-64 was dubbed the “Cul­vert Cat” be­cause he used a storm drain to cross two treach­er­ous free­ways 41 times.

An­other young male, P-74, is be­lieved to have died in the fire.

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