Famed Los Angeles mountain lion P-22 euthanized

California wildlife officials said a health check showed “no hope of a positive outcome” for the famous Los Angeles mountain lion.

LOS ANGELES — The famous Hollywood roaming mountain lion known as P-22 was killed Saturday after health officials determined it was suffering from a number of serious injuries and health problems. chronic.

The male cougar was initially captured on Monday after it killed a chained dog that raised concerns about its behaviour.

Wildlife experts then conducted a physical examination of the big cat and determined euthanasia was the best course of action, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The results of these examinations and screenings revealed severe trauma to the mountain lion’s head, right eye and internal organs, confirming the suspicion of recent trauma, such as a stabbing. vehicle. Injury to its internal organs will require invasive surgical repair,” the agency said. the statement said.

The P-22 was captured in the trendy Los Feliz neighborhood near his familiar Griffith Park, a wild island and picnic areas in the middle of urban Los Angeles.

State wildlife officials say “mountain lions’ advanced age, combined with their chronic, debilitating condition, shortened lifespan and need for long-term veterinary intervention clearly makes P- 22 there is no hope for a positive outcome.”

“This situation is not the fault of the P-22, nor the fault of the driver who may have hit it. Rather, it is a situation arising from habitat loss and fragmentation, and at the same time it emphasizes the need for careful construction of wildlife crossings and – planned spaces that provide room for wildlife to roam,” the officials added.

The P-22 was first captured in 2012 and fitted with a GPS tracking collar as part of a National Park Service study. Cougars are regularly captured by security cameras while strolling through residential areas near Griffith Park.

P-22 is believed to be around 12 years old, making it the oldest Southern California cougar currently being studied. Most mountain lions live about a decade.

The P-22 normally hunts deer and coyotes, but in November, the National Park Service confirmed that cougars attacked and killed a Chihuahua mix that was walking the narrow streets of Hollywood Hills.

The cougar is also suspected of attacking another Chihuahua in the Silver Lake neighborhood this month.

The P-22 has spent most of its life in Griffith Park, crossing two major highways to get there. He’s the face of a campaign to build a wildlife road across the Los Angeles area highway to bring big cats, coyotes, deer, and other animals. wild animals a safe route to the nearby Santa Monica Mountains, where they have room to roam.

Groundbreaking broke ground this year on a 200-foot (about 60-meter) bridge over US 101. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2025.

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Edmund DeMarche

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