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P-22, the famous Los Angeles puma, captured for evaluation

The Los Angeles mountain lion known as P-22 – or the “Hollywood Cat” – was captured Monday for a health check after showing signs of possible distress, wildlife officials said.

The P-22, whose home range is in Griffith Park, was sedated with tranquilizer darts in the nearby neighborhood of Los Feliz, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Service said. national parks in a joint statement.

The puma is believed to be around 12 years old, which is “a remarkably old cat in the wild,” the state wildlife department said last week when announcing plans to bring him in .

The animal allegedly killed a pet on a leash last month and “may show signs of distress”, he said. The animal was captured around 11:30 a.m., a park service spokesperson said.

P-22 when captured in 2019.National Park Service File

The P-22 was stable on Monday and was undergoing further veterinary evaluation, the two agencies said in a statement. The puma was found thanks to a tracking collar, which had already been fitted to it as part of a study.

“CDFW veterinarians and NPS biologists will determine the best next steps for the animal while prioritizing the safety of surrounding communities,” the statement read. “CDFW and NPS have already been in contact with leading institutions for animal care and rehabilitation centers.”

The National Park Service called him “our ‘Hollywood Cat'”.

“While we don’t know the exact age of P-22, we estimate it to be approximately 12 years old based on the time we tracked and studied after capturing it in 2012,” said officer Ashton Hooker. Acting Public Affairs. for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said.

In 2016, P-22 was suspected of killing a koala at the Los Angeles Zoo, located in the northeast corner of Griffith Park.

In 2015, P-22 left the park and was found in a crawlspace under a Los Feliz home, NBC Los Angeles reported at the time. It was discovered by a home security technician installing hardware. The animal eventually left and returned to the park.

Griffith Park is an area of ​​approximately 4,210 acres instantly recognizable by the Griffith Observatory, which sits on a peak and offers views of the city. It has also been featured in films such as “Rebel Without a Cause”, “The Terminator”, and more.


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