Reward Offered for Finding Mountain Lion Mutilator
At the beginning of the week a mountain lion was struck and killed on Hwy 101 in California. By the time Fish and Game arrived on the scene the paws had been sawed off the mountain lion's front legs.
Wardens believe that someone, maybe with a police scanner had heard the report come in, and then before the fish and game were able to get there, had sawed off the paws. Most likely the person would try to sell the paws as it is illegal to posess any part of a mountain lion in California.
The call came in at 5:30 am, about a deer being in the lane. The California Highway Patrol officer responding to the call, drug the deer from interfering with traffic. By the time Fish and Game Lt. Jim Solis showed up at 9am, he saw the mountain lion had been mutilated. He collected evidence and then drug the body deeper into the brush.
Anyone with information on Tuesday's incident should call the CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258, a confidential line for turning in poachers and polluters. The $2,000 reward is being offered by the CalTIP Foundation and comes from donations to the foundation without the use of state funds. If the information results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for the reward. From Los Angeles Times.