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LA Leaders Call For End To Mountain Lion Killings

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After mountain lion P-56 was found shot dead this week, two L.A. city council members, Paul Koretz and David Ryu, have written a resolution asking the state to stop issuing permits which allow landowners to shoot a mountain lion if they can prove their livestock was damaged or killed by the animal.

That was the fate of P-56 after a depredation permit was issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife following the death of a dozen sheep and lambs in the Camarillo area.

"I think there's just an insane disconnect between the fact that we are working to conserve our mountain lions, especially in the city of Los Angeles, where there's possibly one still surviving that's collared and there may be another one that's not collared -- two males, and we just allowed one to be killed," Koretz said.