The great cat moves silently through the Griffith Park night, defying the odds by staying alive.
It’s amazing that the mountain lion we know as P-22, named that way because he was the 22nd puma identified by Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service biologists, came to this urban-adjacent park. He left his mother in the Topanga State Park in 2012, traveled 20 miles and crossed two freeways to choose his home in an 8-mile square. Other mountain lions roam in regions up to 370 miles square.
Experts have said the small geographic patch which he roams makes it difficult for P-22 to find a mate. He is alone and has been photographed prowling beneath the Hollywood sign. P-22 once used someone’s basement as a crash pad. He was tranquilized and released back in Griffith Park.
It’s amazing P-22 has survived surrounded by the humans of Los Angeles, eating poisoned prey or zoo animals — How did get in the exhibit and eat a koala? — and catching a case of the mange. P-22, the lonely cat, has not only defied the odds, he has become a star. He is the subject of blogs, television shows and a documentary film. On July 20, P-22 will be the subject of an exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
“World famous,” one Hollywood producer called him.
P-22 becoming a star
And now he is about to be the title character in a new film project called “Looking for P-22” that is the brainchild of writer/actor/comedian/DJ Brendan Smith. Smith already has shot some footage in Griffith Park, and he’s got a GoFundMe page through which he has raised more than $6,000 to make the film. Other fund-raising efforts…
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