Los Angeles’s celeb mountain lion P-22 was euthanized on Saturday morning by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Department following severe health issues he was suffering with.
Last week LA’s Wildlife Officials entraped him from the backyard of Sarah Picchi in Los Feliz and sent it to the nearest zoo. For additional medical inspection, the cougher was sent to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Reports Of P-22 From the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Department
According to the Veterinaries, P-22, the mountain cat had some serious chronicle health problems. Following the car accident, he got serious injuries which caused considerable trauma to his head and right eye. The internal organs were also damaged badly. According to the medical team of San Diego Zoo Safari Park, he would need invasive surgical operations for his internal damages.
The officials briefed that P-22 was suffering from agonizing chronic health diseases too, including irreversible Kidney Disease, Chronic Weight Loss, Arthritis and an extensive parasite skin infection.
However, the agency has highlighted that the death of the cougher is not his flaw nor they blamed the car driver for hitting him. Rather, it was the consequence of habitat loss and fragmentation.
Officials Shed Tears While Announcing P-22’s Euthanise
Left with no positive outcome, the authorities of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife department euthanize the celeb mountain lion P-22. CDFW Director, Chuck Bonham fought back with tears while announcing the P-22’s euthanization during the conference.
According to the officials,” Mountain Lion P-22 had an extraordinary life and it captured millions of hearts of people in LA and beyond”. He also added, “ The most painful but humane decision was to deteriorate his agony and stress and end his painful suffering”
On Thursday the California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced the plan for the health evaluation of the mountain cat, P-22. On Monday, the agency took him for evaluation. The health check-up includes a physical exam, testing on organ functions, infection tests, and a CT scan of the skull, Chest and abdomen.
The Mountain Lion Became The Mascot Of Los Angeles
The twelve years old cougher was the international action to safeguard California’s Threatened Puma population and drew attention to the World’s biggest wildlife bridge project.
P-22, the 12 years mountain cat lived cordially for more than a decade with his human neighbours. Even during his presence in Griffith Park, he sometimes gets caught on Angelenos’ video doorbell cameras.
Mountain Lion And His Charisma
In 2013, when a National Geographic photographer captured him near the Hollywood sign, he became the unofficial mascot of LA. Since then, he has yielded a Facebook page with more than 20k followers, posters on the city walls and festivals named after him.
He has also become the poster cat of the campaign named “ Save LA Cougars.” Beth Pratt, who lead the campaign got a tattoo of P-22 on her arms in 2014. According to USA Today, earlier this week Pratt proudly mentioned P-22 as “Our Royalty.”
According to, Gavin Newsom, the survival of P-22 on an island of wilderness has captivated many people around the globe and rejuvenated the efforts to safeguard the diverse native species and ecosystem.