State wildlife officials say a mountain lion which was part of a research study was intentionally killed after it repeatedly attacked livestock in the Santa Monica Mountains. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a permit for the mountain line known as P-56 to be killed.
State officials say the landowner had taken a number of measures to try to prevent the attacks, ranging from fencing in the livestock to using trained guard dogs. But, over two years the property owner lost 12 animals in nine separate incidents.
P-56 was a four to five-year-old male mountain lion. He was wearing a radio collar which allowed National Park Service biologists to monitor his movements, as part of a two-decade old study on the big cuts