Santa Monica Mountain Lion Death

Today's news about the mountain lion shot in Santa Monica is tragic and unfortunate.  The individual was a young male.  He likely originated from the eastern portion of the Santa Monica Mountains and was looking for a safe area to disperse to and establish his own home range.  We have obtained tissue samples that we will use for genetic analysis in the Robert Wayne lab at UCLA to establish whether he originated from the Santa Monicas.  Jeff Sikich with the National Park Service was able to obtain the tissue sample, and while there, established that the mountain lion did appear to a wild mountain lion (rather than a captive mountain lion that wandered astray).