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In tribal communities, mountain lions are regarded as relatives and teachers. Alan Salazar, a tribal member of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and a descendent of the Chumash tribe said his death should be honored appropriately.
"We want to bury him like he's a 'wot,' like a 'tomier,'" Salazar said, "which are two of the words for chief or leader in the Chumash and Tataviam languages, respectively. "Because that’s what he was."
Los Angeles and Mumbai are the world's only major cities where large cats live—mountain lions in one, leopards in the other.