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California man charged with killing protected mountain lion

2019-09-11

A 60-year-old California man has been charged with killing a protected mountain lion and vandalizing its collar.

Alfredo Gonzalez shot the mountain lion known as P-38 in the head in Simi Valley this summer, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a mortality signal was detected on July 2. It is unlawful to kill a mountain lion without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The male mountain lion was born in 2012 and spent most of its time roaming portions of the Santa Susana Mountains in Southern California. He was believed to have fathered four litters of cubs, according to The Associated Press.

Biologists have studied mountain lions for more than a decade using GPS-enabled radio collar data.

Gonzalez, who will be arraigned on Oct. 9, faces one year behind bars and a $1,000 fine. He might also have to pay $2,300 to compensate for the vandalized collar, according to The AP.