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CrimeCalifornia man facing criminal charges for protected mountain lion killing

16:00  11 september  2019
16:00  11 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A California man faces criminal charges for allegedly shooting and killing a protected mountain lion , prosecutors said. She said Gonzalez has been charged with two misdemeanor counts, one for the unlawful taking of a protected mammal and one for vandalism of National Park Service property

VENTURA (CBSLA) — Criminal charges have been filed against a Simi Valley man for allegedly shooting a protected mountain lion in the head. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report in July from the NPS that the mountain lion may have been killed in Simi Valley

A California man is facing criminal charges for the killing of a protected mountain lion.

California man facing criminal charges for protected mountain lion killing© National Park Service, via AP, FILE This undated photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows a mountain lion known as P-38, photographed in the Santa Monica Mountain range.

Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, is accused of fatally shooting a collared mountain lion, known as P-38, back in July. The animal was found dead in the Simi Valley area with a gunshot wound to the head and its GPS-enabled radio collar vandalized, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

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P-38 was part of a cougar population being studied by National Park Service biologists, the district attorney's office said. First collared in 2015, the 7-year-old male mountain lion predominately roamed parts of the Santa Susana Mountains, which surround Simi Valley in Southern California.

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VENTURA (CBSLA) — Criminal charges have been filed against a Simi Valley man for allegedly shooting a protected mountain lion in the head. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report in July from the NPS that the mountain lion may have been killed in Simi Valley

Criminal charges were filed against a Simi Valley man for the killing of a protected mountain lion , the Ventura County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report that P-38 may have been killed on July 2, 2019, the statement said.

The biologists detected a mortality signal from the animal's collar on July 2, according to the district attorney's office.

The National Park Service did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Wednesday morning.

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It's unlawful to kill a mountain lion in the state without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The complaint filed by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office charges Gonzalez with two misdemeanor counts -- one for the unlawful taking of a protected mammal and another for vandalism of National Park Service property, the collar, valued at $950.

Gonzalez, a Simi Valley resident, will be arraigned in Ventura Superior Court on Oct. 9.

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