updated: Apr 26, 2012, 11:08 AM
By Julia Di Sieno
PLEASE help, we are filling up fast with fawns, and many other needy displaced
and orphaned wildlife. We need donations of funds, powdered or pasteurized goats
milk, wildlife transporters, as well as experienced volunteers. For more info.
PLEASE read below.
We are also happy to report that that rescued fawn is thriving well with other
fawns in our care,
Julia Di Sieno
Early in the morning commute on April 24, 2012 a male mountain lion was struck
and killed by a car on Highway 101 near the town of Buellton, California.
Vehicle mortality is one of the more common forms of death for lions in Southern
California. What makes this particular death unique is the fact that a passing
motorist stopped, sawed off the animal's paws, and genitals for possible sale on
the black market, then tossed the carcass into a nearby gully in an effort to
hide the evidence.
Buellton is located on US Highway 101 in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara
The dismembered lion was discovered by Julia Di Sieno, the Executive Director of
Animal Rescue Team, a wildlife care facility located in Solvang, California, and
a California Department of Fish & Game Warden, Lt. Jim Solis.
Proposition 117, passed by the Mountain Lion Foundation and California Voters in
1990, designated the mountain lion (also known as cougar, puma, and panther) as
a specially protected species, and also made it illegal for the public to own or
trade in cougar body parts. Paws are often taken to make jewelry from the claws.
However, body parts are also sold for supposed medicinal purposes.
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