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Baby Mountain Lion Killed in Santa Monica

spcaLA Responds

» May 22, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) was dismayed to learn that the combined efforts of law enforcement and the California Department of Fish and Game resulted in the death of a baby Mountain Lion in Santa Monica today.  Prior to being shot, the juvenile cat, who weighed less than 100 pounds, was water hosed and pepper-balled, according to the Huffington Post.

spcaLA asserts that an investigation should be conducted into the procedures and training protocols required for safely interacting and subduing wildlife.  “Basically, they agitated and frightened a cornered cat before they killed her,” said Madeline Bernstein, President of spcaLA. “Hosing a Mountain Lion down and then shooting her with pepper-balls only served to make her more frenzied.  Deadly force should be used only as a last resort.  The citizens and wildlife of California deserve better.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ana Bustilloz at 323-730-5300 x252, 323-707-1271 cell or by email at abustilloz@spcaLA.com.

spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877.  There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA.  Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.