A rare mountain lion found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains may have been the victim of exposure to chemicals used to kill rodents.
The year old female was found dead October 21st by some hikers in Point Mugu State Park. The carcass was partially decomposed, but experts say they did find the big cat had been exposed to rodenticide. The necropsy results were inconclusive, but similar chemical have been linked to the deaths of two other mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains in recent years.
The exposure occurs indirectly, when a mountain lion eats animals which have consumed the poison. National Park Service officials say this potential threat to mountain lions highlights the need for people who live in areas adjacent to open space used by wildlife to avoid use of the poisons.