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California man accused of fatally shooting protected mountain lion
A Southern California man was charged with shooting and killing a protected mountain lion earlier this summer, prosecutors said.
60-year-old Alfredo Gonzalez of Simi Valley, California, is charged with shooting a mountain lion known as P-38 in the head, according to the Ventura County Prosecutor's Office.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wald told biologists at Fox News National Park Service that biologists have discovered the body of a lion in the area of Simi Valley.
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and reinstated the collar and found it cut, "said Wald. "Then the Department of Fish and Wildlife began their investigation and after they found the mountain lion, they contacted our office."
Wald said the male lion was born in 201
2 and was contracted four years ago. adding that he mainly traveled around the Santa Susana Mountains and Santa Monica Mountains.
A California man is facing criminal charges for allegedly shooting and killing a protected mountain lion, prosecutors said.
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She said that Gonzalez was charged with two violations, one for unlawfully taking a protected mammal and one for vandalizing property of national park services for allegedly cutting the lion's collar. Wald said the collar, which is "very complex and supports mountain lion data," costs more than $ 2,300.
She said that after the collar was cut, prosecutors felt the collar's data had been lost.
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"These are protected animals and it's always sad when a person dies, regardless of the cause of death," Wald tells Fox News, adds that mountain lions are protected because they "are on the verge of becoming an endangered species in our state."
Wald said Gonzalez is not currently in custody but will be placed in the Venture High Court next month.