P-38, a male mountain lion born in 2012, has died of a gunshot wound to the head. The big cat roamed portions of the Santa Susana Mountains.
The animal was believed to have fathered three kittens with another mountain lion, P-39. Their kittens, given the names P-50, P-51 and P-52, were found in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains in July 2016.
It is unlawful to kill a mountain lion without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A California man from Simi Valley was charged this week with fatally shooting P-38 in the head.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a July 10 report from the National Park Service that the collared mountain lion may have been killed in Simi Valley after a mortality signal was detected eight days earlier, prosecutors said.
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