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Mountain Lion P-56 Killed

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A mountain lion that was part of a study in the Santa Monica Mountains has been killed by a permitted resident in response to the deaths of privately owned livestock.

P-56 is the first animal involved in the National Park Service’s study to be euthanized as a result of predatory behavior. He was killed on January 27 by a resident who had obtained a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Scientists at NPS who are involved in the mountain lion study say that the death of P-56 could be detrimental to their project, and to the well-being of mountain lions in the area.

“We have a very small population, and our lions are already facing a number of significant challenges,” said Jeff Sikich, a wildlife biologist with NPS. “The loss of any animal in this small population could be significant.”

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