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Famous P-22 mountain lion captured in backyard of Hollywood home

In this photo provided by The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) a mountain lion known as P-22, is transported to a wild animal care facility for a full health evaluation on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, in the Hollywood Hills. Southern California's most famous mountain lion, known for roaming across freeways and making a sprawling Los Angeles park his home, was captured by wildlife officials who said they want to examine the big cat after he killed a dog that was being walked in the Hollywood Hills.
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A famous California mountain lion was captured Monday for a health evaluation after signs of possible distress were observed, and weeks after it was thought to have killed a pet, wildlife officials said.

P-22, whose home range is in Griffith Park by the Hollywood Hills, was sedated with tranquilizer darts in the nearby Los Feliz neighborhood, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service said in a joint statement.

The big cat is believed to have killed a leashed pet last month and “may be exhibiting signs of distress,” according to the statement. 

Security camera footage of the attack released by local outlet KTLA showed the mountain lion walking through a residential neighborhood and pouncing on a blue merle-Chihuahua mix named Piper. 

The famous “Hollywood Cat” was captured around 11:30 a.m., a spokesman for the park service said.

This photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows a mountain lion known as P-22, photographed in November 2014 in the Griffith Park area near downtown Los Angeles. Southern California's most famous mountain lion, known for roaming across freeways and making a sprawling Los Angeles park his home, was captured Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, by wildlife officials who said they want to examine the big cat after he killed a dog that was being walked in the Hollywood Hills.

The animal was reported to be in stable condition Monday and was undergoing additional veterinary evaluation, the agencies said in a statement. Wildlife authorities cited an anonymous tip that P-22 might have been hit by a vehicle Sunday night.

Officials reported finding the cat through a tracking collar, put on him previously as part of a study.

“CDFW veterinarians and NPS biologists will determine the best next steps for the animal while also prioritizing the safety of the surrounding communities,” the statement said. “CDFW and NPS have already been in contact with leading institutions for animal care and rehabilitation centers.”


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