Southern California City, Nonprofit Organizations Raise Lion Poacher Reward

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A city and two nonprofit groups’ combined commitments more than double the reward offered for information on a brutal mountain lion killing. The City of Calabasas in eastern Los Angeles County has matched the $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains last month. Two other groups put up an additional $1,700 for a total reward of $11,700.

“Our community is stunned that someone would intentionally kill one of our rare mountain lions,” said Calabasas City Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer. “We are determined to do everything we can to bring the perpetrator to justice.”

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 CalTIP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that supports anti-poaching and anti-pollution enforcement efforts in California. Tax-deductible donations to support the CalTIP Foundation can be sent to CalTIP Inc., PMB #125, 417 Mace Blvd., Suite J, Davis, CA 95618.

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 1-888-334-2258.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I think it is great that


I think it is great that four organizations chipped in the reward money to bring this poacher to justice.  I am not familiar or knowldgeable on the mountain lion population within California but maybe it is time to look more closely at populations and determine if there needs to be further culling of the total numbers or relocation efforts.


numbnutz's picture

I like the quoate of " can't

I like the quoate of " can't beleive somone would intentioaly kill one of our rare lions" From everyone I talk to from California lions are not so rare anymore. I don't agree with people taking matters into their own hands by any means. I think the Cali fish and game needs to look really hard at the lion population and reconsider a hunt for them. Even if it's on a limited quota. In OR,WA,and CA lions are our wolf problem. Our states are being over run with them and somehing really needs to be done about it. They are devistating our deer and elk herds. But the activist don't seem to care at all about the other animals in the woods beside the predators. Hopefully law enforcement will be able to catch the person or people responsible for poaching this cat. The reward is getting pretty big and someone out there knows who did it.