Los Angeles’ famed Mountain Lion P-22 has been euthanized

According to the California Wildlife Service, a health check found there was “no hope of a positive outcome” for Los Angeles’ famous mountain lion.

LOS ANGELES — The famous Hollywood-roaming mountain lion, known as P-22, was euthanized on Saturday after medical officials determined he had multiple serious injuries and chronic health problems.

The male cougar was first caught on Monday after being caught Killing a leashed dog expressed concerns about his behavior.

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

“The results of these tests and screenings showed significant trauma to the mountain lion’s head, right eye and internal organs, confirming suspicion of a recent injury such as a vehicle impact. The trauma to his internal organs would require invasive surgical repair.” it said in the statement.

P-22 was captured in the hip neighborhood of Los Feliz nearby his usual meeting place in Griffith Parkan island of wilderness and picnic areas in the midst of Los Angeles’ urban sprawl.

State wildlife officials said the mountain lion’s “advanced age, combined with chronic, debilitating, life-limiting conditions and the clear need for extensive long-term veterinary intervention, left P-22 with no hope of a positive outcome.”

“This situation is not the fault of P-22 or any driver who may have hit him. Rather, it is a contingency arising from habitat loss and fragmentation, and it underscores the need for thoughtful construction of wildlife crossings and wells. planned spaces that allow wild animals to roam,” officials added.

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

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

P-22s typically hunt deer and coyotes, but in November the National Park Service confirmed the cougar had attacked and killed a Chihuahua mix roaming the narrow streets of the Hollywood Hills.

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

P-22 has spent much of his life in Griffith Park, crossing two major freeways to get there. He was the face of the campaign to build a wildlife crossing over a Los Angeles-area freeway to give big cats, coyotes, deer and other wildlife a safe route to the nearby Santa Monica Mountains where they have room to roam.

Groundbreaking for the bridge, which will span 200 feet (about 60 meters) across US 101, was held earlier this year. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2025.

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Laura Coffey

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