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A 5-year-old female mountain lion who died in March is the first mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains to die of complications from mange, according to a National Park Service study.
P-65 was found dead on March 4 near a stream in the central Santa Monica Mountains. She was extremely emaciated and her case of mange, a highly contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites, was severe, especially on her face and head, the park service said.
A necropsy revealed that she had also been exposed to several rat poisons or rodenticides.
In the more than two decades that the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been studying mountain lions by collaring and tracking them, several have been found with mange and successfully treated, said Jeff Sikich, a biologist who leads the study.
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