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Park urges alternative to killing Malibu mountain lion

Posted 10:40 p.m. Tuesday
Updated 10:42 p.m. Tuesday

This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows a mountain lion, known as P-45, that is believed to be responsible for the recent killings of livestock near Malibu, Calif. Ten alpacas were killed Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at a ranch and one alpaca and a goat were killed at another ranch on Sunday. California Fish and Wildlife has issued a rancher a 10-day permit to kill a lion known as P-45, but officials of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area contend that killing a cougar preying on livestock near Malibu will not solve the problem. (National Park Service via AP)

— Officials of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area contend that killing a cougar preying on livestock near Malibu will not solve the problem.

National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said in a statement Tuesday the solution is use of cougar-proof animal enclosures.

Ten alpacas were killed Saturday at a ranch and one alpaca and a goat were killed at another ranch on Sunday.

California Fish and Wildlife has issued a rancher a 10-day permit to kill a lion known as P-45.

The Park Service has been studying the native local mountain lions for years, and Kuykendall says P-45's behavior is not abnormal. She notes that at least four other lions have killed livestock in the past year.

The state and federal agencies are offering an enclosure workshop Wednesday.

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