California's Fish and Wildlife Department confirmed P-22 was captured and tranquilized in the Franklin Hills community before transporting the big cat to a wild animal care facility. The capture comes just days after state officials announced they will start looking for P-22.
The animal was initially wanted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) after killing a leashed dog in the Hollywood Hills area in Mid-November and attacking a Chihuahua in Silver Lake last week.
A CDFW official said Tuesday there was a report of a vehicle that struck a mountain lion in the area, but that it was not confirmed it was P-22.
P-22 was first documented by the Griffith Park Connectivity study in 2012. Prior to the Fall of 2022, the big cat was never accused of killing any pets. A Koala from the Griffith Park Zoo was found mauled to death in 2016, and while P-22's collar showed he was in the area, he was never officially blamed for the animal's death.
P-22, the mountain lion at the center of a days-long search across Los Angeles, has been captured. PHOTO: California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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The Los Angeles City Planning Commission is considering a new wildlife district proposal that would be aimed at saving the dwindling population of wildlife. It would protect wildlife in the hills between Griffith Park and the 405 Freeway.