National Park Service officials said Tuesday they have picked up moving GPS signals from two more mountain lions it is tracking in the fire-plagued Santa Monica Mountains, leaving just three of the cats unaccounted for.
According to park officials, GPS signals were picked up from the lions dubbed P-47 and P-54. Detecting those cats means 10 of the 13 lions outfitted with tracking collars have been located and appear to be alive.
“We can confirm they are moving around normally,” according to a Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Twitter post, referencing P-47 and P-54.
Park officials said they still have not gotten a signal from P-74, which is outfitted with a working GPS collar. Two other lions — P-22 and P-42 — are wearing collars that have only a VHF function, meaning they have to be tracked on location with a radio signal, something that isn’t possible while the Woolsey Fire is still burning.
P-22 is arguably one of the more famous lions living in the mountain range, famed for his camera appearances in Griffith Park and for successfully crossing the San Diego (405) and Ventura (101) freeways.
Park officials also have not been able to confirm the location of four bobcats it is tracking, because they are also outfitted with less-sophisticated trackers that require biologists to go into the field to locate.
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