By G. T. Houts
Lake Arrowhead, CA – On February 17, 2018, at 8:00 p.m., deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station and agents from California Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Grizzly Road, Lake Arrowhead, for illegal possession of a protected mammal’s carcass. During the service of the warrant, a taxidermied Mountain Lion was found mounted above the fireplace in the possession of Mark Jeffery Kirk, a 55 year old resident of Lake Arrowhead. Mountain Lions are a protected mammal in California, with possession of the animal or its parts illegal under Fish and Game Code 4800.
Kirk was also found to be in possession of four grams of crystal methamphetamines. Investigators contacted several other people on the property during the warrant service. Skylar Paul Martinez, a 27 year old resident of Blue Jay, was one of the people contacted, and he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Kirk and Martinez were arrested without incident and transported to the Central Detention Center. Kirk was booked for possession of a mountain lion carcass. Martinez was booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Investigators removed the mountain lion carcass from the property as evidence.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy Kelly Bush at (909) 336-0600 or Fish and Wildlife Agent Rick Fisher at (909) 484-0167.