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USRat poison found in California mountain lion that died

02:00  01 may  2019
02:00  01 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Park officials say most mountain lions found dead in California had rat poison in their bodies, and studies have found other mammals and birds of prey are often Officials may ultimately find that the only way stop rat poison from getting into the wildlife food chain is to slap further restrictions on its sale.

A mountain lion that managed to cross a Southern California freeway and make its home in the mountains north of Los Angeles was found dead in October. Researchers believe mountain lions are exposed to rat poison indirectly, by consuming animals that ate the bait, such as mice or squirrels

Rat poison found in California mountain lion that died © The Associated Press This Feb. 15, 2019, photo from video provided by the National Park Service shows a mountain lion known as P-47 in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area west of Los Angeles. P-47 had no visible wounds when it was found dead March 21, 2019, but authorities say he had rat poison in his system. It's unclear if that caused the death. Researchers say P-47 may have eaten a squirrel or other animal that ingested the poison, or snacked on a coyote or other predator that ate tainted prey. (National Park Service via AP)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Authorities say a mountain lion that died last month in the wilderness west of Los Angeles had rat poison in its system.

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P-34, a female mountain lion who died from rat poison in September 2015 | National Park Service. Additionally, residents can legally purchase first-generation anticoagulants, which have also been found in the systems of mountain lions and countless other predatory species including hawks, owls

Encounters between rats and mountain lions generally have predictable outcomes. The prey dies so that the predator can live. Scientists said Tuesday that evidence was mounting that California 's July 2014 ban on retail sales of certain highly toxic rat poisons — called second-generation anticoagulant

The lion dubbed P-47 had no visible wounds when it was found dead March 21.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Tuesday that P-47 had six compounds of a rodenticide in its system. It's unclear if that caused the death.

Researchers say P-47 may have eaten a squirrel or other animal that ingested the poison, or ate tainted prey.

The National Park Service has found poison compounds in more than a dozen local cougars.

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