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California wildlife officials want state endangered species protection for mountain lion populations

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now recommending that six genetically distinct mountain lion populations, including three groups in Southern California, be included for protection under the state's Endangered Species Act.

This comes after a joint petition filed last year by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sacramento-based Mountain Lion Foundation, calling for the state to elevate those groups to “threatened" or "endangered” status.

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