The reward for information on a brutal mountain lion killing in the Santa Monica Mountains last month has been doubled.
The City of Calabasas has matched the $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed the mountain lion.
Two other groups put up an additional $1,700 for a total reward of $11,700.
The CalTIP Foundation (Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters) offered the initial $2,500, followed by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, who matched that amount.
The Ventura County based Animal Rescue Team, Inc. pledged $1,500 and San Diego’s Mountain Lion Foundation added the additional $200.
The lion was discovered on Sept. 11, 2011 after DFG and the National Park Service received a call of a dead mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains.
DFG game wardens determined that the lion did not die of natural causes and opened an investigation.
Mountain lions are designated as a “specially protected mammal” in California, and it is illegal to hunt or trap them.
DFG and the National Park Service are seeking information related to the lion death and the parties responsible.
Anyone with any information regarding this case should call the CalTIP hotline at 888.334.2258.
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