Ventura County

Simi Valley man charged for killing mountain lion

VENTURA, Calif. - A man was charged Tuesday for the July killing of a mountain lion in Simi Valley. 

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges against Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley for killing the mountain lion known as P-38 and the vandalism to its collar. 

On July 10, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report from the National Park Service that the mountain lion may have been killed in Simi Valley after a mortality signal was detected on July 2. 

The agencies were able to determine that the mountain lion died of a gunshot wound to the head. 

It is against the law to kill a mountain lion without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

National Park Service biologists have been studying the mountain lion population for more than a decade. They collect information by placing a GPS-enabled radio collar on mountain lions in order to gather data. 

P-38 was a male mountain lion born in 2012.  It had primarily roamed portions of the Santa Susana Mountains. 

Gonzalez is set to appear in court again on Oct. 9.

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