P-22, Los Angeles’s famous mountain lion, was entrapped by wildlife officials on Monday, Dec 12, from the backyard of a house in Los Feliz. The officials caught the mountain cat just some days after the announcement of plans to catch P-22 from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.
According to wildlife officials, they started searching for P-22 after having an anonymous call that doubted the mountain cat had been hit by a car. They used the lion’s GPS collar to track it down and found it in Los Feliz.
The Male Mountain Cat P-22 Is Blamed For Trying To kill A Leashed Dog–
In recent weeks, the feline made the headlines when it attacked a leashed dog on a walk with its owner in Hollywood hills and some others on Silver Lake on Sunday. According to Wildlife officials, this may be a sign of distress. It is unnatural for mountain cats to roam around highly urban areas. However, reportedly, P-22 has been living in Griffith Park and feeding on deer in the past few days.
According to scientists, this exceptional situation occurred due to age-related challenges of the feline (12 years). It is believed that P-22 is the oldest feline in the National Park Service (NPS) study group about lions. Generally, mountain lions are considered at the age of 10 years.
The recent behavioural changes of the mountain cat are related to the challenges associated with living on a habitat island, which has been rising. However, P-22 is not the only one which is being tracked. Many male mountain cats are on the GPS signal.
Wildlife Officials Entrapped The Wild Feline P-22 In Los Feliz
Authorities entraped P-22 from the backyard of Sarah Picchi in Los Feliz around 10:30 am and quickly darted the mountain cat to tranquillize it. Immediately after, the officials took it to the zoo of LA.
Sarah learned about the presence of the feline in her backyard from the wildlife officials at her gate. According to the officials, the mountain cat had been in her backyard since Sunday night.
According to Sarah, despite living in a highly urban area, her backyard acre is covered in green trees and bushes. It is not surprising for her, as many wildlife choose her backyard to stay in, including coyotes.
Known as the famous mountain cat of Los Angeles, P-22 became a local legend after crossing the hurdles of the 405 and 101 freeways to reach Griffith Park, his old habitat before Los Feliz.
Commitments of Veterinaries of California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service and Biologists of National Park Service( NPS)-
According to the” California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service,” P-22 was being evaluated by veterinarians. It seemed stable and currently undergoing additional evaluation, added by the Los Angeles zoo department.
Following the medical assessment, P-22 was released back to the custody of Wildlife Officials. However, Veterinaries of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service and NPS biologists will ensure the best next steps to be taken for P-22 while prioritizing the safety measures of the surrounding living communities.