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New mountain lion added to Southern California study

LOS ANGELES - The National Park Service says it's added a new mountain lion to a long-term study of the big cats in Southern California.

Officials announced Monday that the lion dubbed P-77 was captured, outfitted with a tracking collar and released where it was found in the Simi Hills northwest of Los Angeles.

P-77 is a female, estimated to be about two years old.

Biologists are studying lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains to determine how they survive in urbanized, fragmented habitat.

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