LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A juvenile male mountain lion was discovered last week in the Santa Monica Mountains, this after an older puma who roamed the area for years was recently found dead.

P-61. (National Park Service)

P-61, a 1 ½ year-old male, was captured last week on the east end of the mountains, the National Park Service reported Wednesday.

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The discovery comes after P-27 — described by NPS spokesperson Kate Kuykendall as “the dominant male in this area for the past few years” — was found dead of unknown causes.

P-27 is believed to have been dead for at least one month when his remains were discovered.

Meanwhile, tissue samples are being analyzed to determine if P-61 is related to any other lions in the region.

Earlier this month, a 10-year-old male puma known as P-41 was found dead near the Verdugo Mountains. NPS officials are trying to determine if his death was related to the recent La Tuna Fire that started on Sept. 1 and scorched more than 7,000 acres.

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Two mountain lion kittens were discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains in August. They were named P-59 and P-60. Researchers think the father might be P-12.

The region’s freeway network has served to isolate the mountain lion population in the Santa Monica Mountains, biologists say. In April, biologists confirmed that a 4-week-old female mountain lion recently discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains was likely the product of inbreeding.

P-27. (National Park Service)

The NPS has been studying mountain lion movements in the region since 2002 using GPS collars.

In August, the NPS reported that P-55 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway north from the Santa Monica Mountains into the Santa Susana Mountains. He became only the fourth-known mountain lion to have crossed the 101 Freeway since 2002.

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Caltrans has proposed building a wildlife bridge across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills that would allow animals to travel between the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills.