State fish and game wardens say a mountain lion found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains in California was killed and mutilated by poachers and they are seeking tips in the case.

State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan tells the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/qhKytX) that investigators are hoping someone will hear "somebody bragging about how they killed a mountain lion" and will call the agency.

The 7-year-old male, known as P-15, was found dead last month in a Ventura County canyon. He had been tracked for nearly two years by National Park Service scientists, but in late August, the animal's collar stopped transmitting signals. Tissue samples confirmed the mountain lion's identity.

Another male mountain lion died in late August while attempting to cross the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles during morning rush hour.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com