LA Celebrity Mountain Lion P-22 Euthanized

The celebrated mountain lion that lived in the middle of Los Angeles and became a symbol of urban pressures on wildlife, was euthanized Saturday due to health problems.

  • The decision to euthanize to mountain lion was the result after dangerous changes in P-22’s behavior, which led to examinations that showed injuries likely caused by a car, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.
  • Officials said veterinarians determined the animal had a skull fracture and chronic illnesses including a skin infection as well as liver and kidney diseases.
  • The mountain lion was captured in a Los Angles backyard Dec. 12, a month after killing a Chihuahua on a dogwalker’s leash.
  • P-22 was until now the face of the campaign to build a wildlife crossing over a Los Angeles-area freeway to give mountain lions, bobcats and other animals a safe path between the Santa Monica Mountains and wild lands to the north.
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