6:00 PM Jan 5, 2014
Jaime Dyer points to a photograph in 2010 of the M-56 after it was lured into a cage by a government trapper. The 20-month-old mountain lion, wearing a tracking collar affixed by University of California-Davis researchers, left his mother in the foothills of Orange County and struck out on his own and leaped into a pen of sheep on the Dyers property. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.