A Southern California man was accused this summer of shooting and killing a protected mountain lion.
Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley, California, is accused of shooting the collared mountain lion named P -38, according to the Ventura County Law Office.
Karen Wold, Deputy District Attorney, told Fox News National Park Service that biologists have discovered the lion's body in the Simi Valley.
Service received a death signal from the collar indicating that the lion was dead, and they eventually went to the place where the signal stopped and retrieved the collar and found it had been cut off, " said Wold. "At that time, the Ministry of Fish and Wildlife started investigating and after finding the mountain lion, they contacted our office."
Wold said the male lion was born in 201
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She said Gonzalez had been charged with two offenses, one for illegally removing a protected mammal and one for National Park Service property vandalism over the alleged cut of the lion's collar. Wold said the necklace, which is "very sophisticated and contains data on the mountain lion," is worth more than $ 2,300.
The prosecution believes that the data on the collar has been lost since the collar was cut.
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"These are protected animals and it is always sad to die, regardless of the cause of death," Wold told Fox News and added that these are mountain lions protected because "they are about to be threatened with extinction in our state".
Wold said that Gonzalez is currently not in custody, but will be sentenced to the Ventura Superior Court next month.