P-22, the Los Angeles area’s best-known wildlife, is being captured and being examined for possible “signs of distress,” including killing a leashed Chihuahua last month and attacking another Chihuahua last week, California wildlife officials said Thursday.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said it plans to capture the lion for a health assessment, after which “CDFW vets and [National Park Service] Biologists will determine the best next steps for the animal while prioritizing the safety of surrounding communities.”
The press release didn’t say what the next steps might be, but Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tim Daly said: “No options are off the table.”
“We just have to get our hands on him” and see if something’s wrong, Daly said.
The announcement comes three weeks after the 12-year-old mountain lion killed a leashed Chihuahua in the Hollywood Hills and a week after it attacked another Chihuahua in Silver Lake.
Daly noted that P-22’s seniority status (mountain lions typically have a lifespan of 10 years) and its isolation may be factors in its behavior change and will be evaluated.
“This is an unprecedented situation in which a mountain lion has continued to survive in such an urban environment,” the department said. “However, as P-22 ages, the challenges associated with life on a habitat island appear to increase, and scientists note a recent change in its behavior.”
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