Simi Valley Man Charged With Killing Mountain Lion

Tuesday September 10, 2019

(Photo courtesy National Park Service)

     The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says they've charged a Simi Valley man with killing a mountain lion.

   They accuse 60-year-old Afredo Gonzalez of Simi Valley with the fatal shooting of P-38, one of the mountain lions that was being monitored by scientists in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.

   On July 2, 2019, a mortality signal was detected from P-38's collar.

   It was later determined that P-38 died from a gunshot wound to the head.

   P-38 was a male mountain lion born in 2012 and first fitted with a GPS collar in 2015.

   He primarily roamed the Santa Susana Mountains.

   Killing a mountain lion without a special permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is illegal.

   Gonzalez was notified that he was being charged with killing a protected mammal and for vandalism to its collar.

   He is due in court October 9th to face arraignment.