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.