A reminder that the catastrophic forest fires in California are not only damaging the sustainable livelihoods of living creatures, but have also severely damaged animals.
Monrovia – the female cougar was evacuated last September of 2020, during the Bobcat fire, which burned more than 115,000 hectares in southern California. Where she was medicated for foot injuries, healed and returned to the wild later in October 2020.
Experts believed that the mountain lion was already around 6-7 years old when he was rehabilitated. A lion can live up to 10 years in the desert.
California’s first mountain lion released to the wild
Monrovia, California’s first mountain lion, occupied a sphere of influence in the San Gabriel Mountains spanning approximately 70 square miles (181 square kilometers) from Azusa to Burbank after his liberation.
In one of their media announcements, officials said officials monitoring the cougar female with her transmitter and seeing her on surveillance cameras allegedly saw her walking around with a male cat.
In addition, officials also verified that Monrovia had successfully captured and killed a deer after being released.
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Death of a female cougar
Conservation authorities suspect the cougar, known to Monrovia after it was discovered near the Los Angeles County town of the same name in the Foothills of San Gabriel Mountain, died around August 15 in the mountain ranges that bear her identity.
She had already been fitted with a GPS monitoring device around her neck since her rescue. As authorities at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said, this showed that she died about ten months later after her release.
âLike many, we are all devastated and sad today because she is more than just a number for us,â âWe are all devastated today,â said Korinna Domingo, director of the Cougar Conservancy.
âIt really affected the story of the mountain lions that came later,â said Domingo.
The cougar woman’s corpse was discovered by nature conservation investigators at the foot of a steep canyon, not far from where she was found injured. And although a forensic autopsy could not reveal how she perished, surveillance data revealed that she had survived the wild urban frontier for more than a year without any interaction with the inhabitants of the foothills. from the suburb of San Gabriel.
“This shows that pumas sometimes survive in the hillside settlements of San Gabriel,” the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife said.
Although the mountain lion has passed away, authorities have hailed Monrovia’s recovery and restoration as a triumph amid seasons of historic California disasters, which have also decimated native animals.
“Life in the real world can even be threatening for big cats,” Fish and Wildlife officials said in a statement. “They are extremely vulnerable to car crashes, battles with other wild creatures, foraging interruptions, predation, and other dangers.”
Monrovia’s recovery is not the first large-scale response to an animal injured by the wildfires raging in California. A six-month-old cub called Tamarack from a raging firestorm in the Sierra Nevada region south of Lake Tahoe was rescued in August, suffering from front claw injuries. He was healed and fed, but managed to escape his rescue center. Officials then said he was discovered in the woods and chose to leave him alone.
However, forest fires often do not spare animals. While during the Caldor fire in September, a bear sustained serious claw injuries and was seen hobbling at the scene. With smoke and fire sweeping through it, government officials killed the bear to prevent it from being burned alive.
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