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Poachers mutilated cougar found dead in Santa Monica Mountains

October 5, 2011 |  8:20 am

Mountain lion P-15

Poachers mutilated a mountain lion found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains, officials said this week.

The 7-year-old male, known as P-15, was discovered dead last month. He had been tracked for nearly two years by National Park Service scientists who had trapped him in Point Mugu State Park after spotting signs of territorial marking. They outfitted him with a GPS collar and released him as part of an ongoing study of mountain lion movement in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Statewide, officials said, mountain lion killings are not uncommon. A San Diego County man was recently fined and put on probation for poaching one.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Department of Fish and Game hotline at (800) 334-2258.

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Photo: Mountain lion P-15, shown in a photo taken by remote camera, had been tracked for nearly two years by National Park Service scientists. Credit: National Park Service

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