SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- A Simi Valley man has been charged after allegedly fatally shooting mountain lion P-38 in the head earlier this summer, Ventura County officials announced Tuesday.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report from the National Park Service that P-38 might have been killed after officials received a mortality signal from the collared cougar on July 2. P-38 was found dead and an investigation revealed he died of a gunshot wound to the head.
On Tuesday, Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, was charged with killing a protected animal and vandalism of the mountain lion's GPS collar, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.
It is illegal to kill a mountain lion without a permit from the state, officials said.
The motive behind the incident or what led up to it is unknown.
Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 9 in Ventura.