Los Angeles Mountain Lion Killed, Mutilated By Poachers

10/05/2011 10:54 am ET | Updated Dec 05, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- State fish and game wardens say a mountain lion found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in California was killed and mutilated by poachers and they are seeking tips in the case.

The 7-year-old male, known as P-15, was found dead last month in a Ventura County canyon. He had been tracked for nearly two years by National Park Service scientists, but in late August, the animal's collar stopped transmitting signals. Tissue samples confirmed the mountain lion's identity.

Another male mountain lion died in late August while attempting to cross the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles during morning rush hour.