Woolsey Fire Impacts Residents/Wildlife

The Alpaca evacuated from Topanga posed nicely for photographs on Sunset Boulevard.

Topanga Alpaca Evacuated to Pacific Palisades:

Three Tagged Lions and Four Bobcats Unaccounted

As of November 14, at 11 a.m., the Woolsey Fire has burned more than 97,600 acres and is about 47 percent contained. One estimate says that 435 structures were destroyed and there were two civilian fatalities and three firefighter injuries.
Malibu City wrote on its website malibucity.org: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s personnel will be maintaining a checkpoint at PCH just north of Coastline Dr in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Only RESIDENTS of the repopulated areas in the City of Malibu will be permitted to enter this area and must provide proper I.D. Malibu businesses and their employees will not be allowed access.”

An alpaca evacuated from Topanga to Pacific Palisades was greeted by residents as it walked down Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported on November 13 that the Woolsey Fire had scorched mountain lion and bobcat habitats in the Santa Monica Mountains, where a key area for wildlife is Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills. (That is where a wildlife corridor is being planned, with a wildlife bridge across the 101 Freeway that would connect the Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills.)

“That area was torched by the Woolsey fire, burning into the natural habitat of many species,” said Kate Kuykendall, spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, which is part of the National Park Service.

According to National Park Service officials, they have detected 10 of 13 lions outfitted with tracking collars that have been located and appear to be alive.
According to n SM Mountains Recreation Area tweet, “We can confirm they are moving around normally,” but added they still have not received a signal from P-47, which is also outfitted with a GPS collar, and that two other lions (P-22 and P-44) have collars that only have a VHF function. (A VHF means they have to be tracked on location with a radio signal.

Park officials have also not been able to confirm the location of four bobcats that have trackers that require biologists to go into the field to locate.

The alpaca and dogs seemed to enjoy the walk.

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2 Responses to Woolsey Fire Impacts Residents/Wildlife

  1. Yeah, an alpaca on Sunset — and I’m not talking about a sweater. Fun photos! Thank goodness it got out of harm’s way.

  2. Rena Repetti says:

    While walking on Swarthmore with the alpaca, the owner, who is a friend of mine and had to evacuate from Topanga, was told by a Caruso security guard to leave! The alpaca is a most gentle and friendly creature, and the children were enjoying the chance to pet her. He was shocked when I explained that Swarthmore is still a public street; I can certainly understand why it did not seem that way to him. What a rude thing to do. Caruso security do not control Swarthmore. It is still our street!

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