THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — An adult bobcat and a young mountain lion that were part of a study of big cats in the wilderness west of Los Angeles both died after ingesting rat poisons.
Officials say the bobcat, dubbed B-372, was discovered dead June 20 in Agoura Hills. The carcass of the puma, P-76, was found January 30 in the Santa Susana Mountains.
The big cats may have eaten a squirrel or other animal that had ingested the poisons. Both cats had been in good health.
It marks just the second time in the 24-year study that a bobcat has died from the effects of rat poison.