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14th Cougar Collared by Rangers in Santa Monica Mountains
In less than a months time, rangers with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area area have captured and placed a GPS collar on a second mountain lion. Found Saturday morning in a trap set by National Park Service scientists around Malibu Springs, the approximately 2-year-old lion became the 14th to wear a tracking collar around its neck. At the end of July, a female with a similar age was found and collared. P14 and P13, respectively, have blood samples being analyzed by researchers at UCLA to determine connections, if any, to other lions studied in mountains.
Since 2002, authorities have been tracking mountain lions, researching their habitual patterns and how the surrounding development affects their livelihood. P14's discovery means that there are at least four living mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains. P10, P12 and P13 also have collars that are currently active. P1, dubbed the King of the Mountain, is suspected of being alive, despite his tracking collar being ripped off in a fight earlier this year.
Many of the other mountain lions, representing P2 through P9 and P11, have died in fights or by poisoning. Read their histories here.