P-34

The body of P-34 was found by a runner on Sept. 30 at Point Mugu State Park. A necropsy proved the mountain lion was killed by rodenticides.

The National Park Service has confirmed that exposure to rodenticides was the cause of death for P-34 — the female mountain lion that was found dead in Point Mugu State Park on Sept. 30 — according to the Los Angeles Times.

Scientists at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab in San Bernardino discovered five different anticoagulant compounds in the puma’s liver during a necropsy. 

Although highly toxic rat poisons known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides are no longer available for retail sale, they are still used by agricultural operations and licensed pest control companies. 

Los Angeles Times reported that P-34 was the first puma with a confirmed death linked to rodenticides since 2004, although they were a strong suspect in a few other cases.

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