$5,000 reward offered in killing of mountain lion
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The state Department of Fish and Game is providing half of the reward and the Humane Society of the United States the rest.
The mutilated carcass of the 7-year-old male was found Sept. 11 in the Ventura County portion of the Santa Monicas several weeks after a tracking collar used to follow the animal's movements stopped transmitting signals.
It is illegal to hunt or trap mountain lions, which are protected under state law. Anyone with information about the case should call the fish and game department hot line at (888) 334-2258.
-- Bettina Boxall
Photo: A remote camera recorded this photo of the mountain lion, known by biologists as P-15, before his death. Credit: National Park Service