Mountain Lion P-55 Found Dead: Rodenticide Poisoning Suspected

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P-55, the mountain lion that was famous for successfully crossing the 101 Freeway twice, has been found dead, according to the Santa Monica Mountains division of the National Parks Service (NPS). P-55 was approximately three years old. In a statement, the NPS listed possible causes of death as “…rodent poisoning or a fight with another male, although there were no signs of struggle where his body was found.” In February, the SLNC voted unanimously to support a motion by the Green Committee urging businesses, residents and the City of Los Angeles to no longer use or sell anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poisons), which can harm children, pets and wildlife. Green Committee Co-chair John Wingler noted that Assemblymember Laura Friedman has proposed legislation (AB2422) to ban various poisons including anti-coagulants statewide.