Mountain Lion Killed in Santa Monica

Mountain Lion Killed in Santa Monica

A mountain lion was killed in Camarillo, situated in Santa Monica. This was followed by a Californian law that was passed which states that an owner is permitted to take lethal action against a big cat that has killed or injured livestock or pets.

The property owner reported nine attacks in the course of two years. He has lost 12 animals, mostly sheep and a few lambs. The mountain lion that was killed was called P-56. The only other male lion left in the Santa Monica Mountainous region is P-63 who was collared back in February 2018.   

Joseph T. Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy requested that if any person loses an animal to a lion should inform him at the earliest instead of asking for a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He stated that he will offer monetary reimbursement instead of putting down the animal. The number of uncollared mountain lions in the Santa Monica range are still unknown.

Before asking for a depredation permit, the owners of livestock or pets must prove all the efforts taken to protect their property and animals.