Free tickets for P-22 memorial at Griffith Park are available

Free tickets to the celebration of life honoring the legendary mountain lion, known as P-22, at Griffith Park’s Greek Theater went on sale Monday from Ticketmaster.

The P-22 memorial service at the Greek Theater will be held on February 4 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and is an opportunity for the public to “respectfully come together to celebrate and mourn P-22 together,” according to event organizers.

According to the nonprofit National Wildlife Federation, the event will include musical performances, dancing and food. Tickets are free but required for entry.

Reservations for the privately sponsored event can be secured on Ticketmaster and are limited to four per household. There will be no seat reservation and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 10:30 am and parking is $20.

“Let’s come together as a community to celebrate his remarkable life,” Beth Pratt, California executive director of the National Wildlife Federation, said in a statement. “We have special guests who come to talk about their connections to P-22 – and how he connected us all.”

The big cat roamed the hills surrounding the Greek Theater’s outdoor venue and surrounding neighborhoods for more than a decade. National Park Service biologists tracked P-22’s route with a radio collar, but it also graced numerous backyard and doorbell cameras as it slowly prowled through residential streets.

In November, P-22 attacked and killed a leashed Chihuahua while walking in the Hollywood Hills. He attempted to attack another Chihuahua and its owner during a separate encounter in early December.

State officials announced they would arrest P-22 for a medical exam. But before they could find him, he was hit by a vehicle and found sick in a Los Feliz backyard. State officials decided to euthanize P-22 on Dec. 17 because he was suffering from numerous health conditions, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

At the age of 12, the big cat was considered geriatric by mountain lion standards.

What is famous is that the P-22 made its way to Griffith Park after crossing the 405 and 101 freeways. He was first introduced to the world in a Times story in 2012 after being captured by a motion-activated trail camera in the park. Free tickets for P-22 memorial at Griffith Park are available

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