The California Highway Patrol received a report about a deer on the side of the road in Santa Barbara County. When they arrived to investigate, a deer was on one side of the road, and a cougar was on the other side of the road. They believe the cougar had been struck while chasing the deer across U.S. Route 101.
The cougar was most likely killed on impact, but someone decided to take the front paws of the cougar. Possibly, to use the claws for jewelry. It is illegal to possess cougar parts in California. From FoxNews.com .