New contributions have increased a reward being offered for the arrest, and conviction of the killer of a mountain lion in Ventura County to more than $11,000.
The dead mountain lion was found on September 11th on the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, not far from Camarillo.
Authorities didn’t disclose the cause of death, but say it was clearly the work of a poacher.
The male mountain lion was one that was being tracked by biologists as part of a decade long study of mountain lion movements in the Recreation Area, which stretches from Ventura, to Los Angeles County.
The original $5,000 dollar reward is being matched by the City of Calabasas, which is offering another $5,000. The South Coast Animal Rescue Team is offering and additional $1500 dollars, and San Diego’s Mountain Lion Foundation $200.
State Fish And Game wardens are hoping someone will remember hearing the poacher talking about the killing, and call in a tip.
Mountain lions are designated as “specially protected mammals” in California. It’s illegal to hunt, trap, or kill them.