Mountain lion believed killed in Southern California fire

November 27, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a mountain lion tracked by researchers likely died in a wildfire that tore through Southern California communities and wilderness areas.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that there’s been no signal from the GPS collar on the mountain lion dubbed P-74 since Nov. 9. That’s the day the Woolsey fire swept into the central part of the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

P-74 was a young male born last year.

Several other mountain lions and bobcats monitored by scientists in the area have been located.

The huge fire charred a swath national park land that’s home to the big cats and popular among hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

The blaze burned 1,600 structures in and around Malibu and left three people dead.