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P-22 mountain lion vacates crawl in Los Feliz

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P-22 ‘s Home with a crawl space. Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – P-22, a mountain lion that has been fitted with a
GPS collar and has been living in the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood
Hills for the past several years, today surreptitiouslyhome where he’d been holed up since at least Monday.
“P-22 is gone, and it’s a happy ending,” Janice Mackey of the
California Department of Fish and Wildlife told Fox11 about 9:30 a.m. “It’s
exactly what we wanted; we wanted the cat to leave on his own.”
The cat was discovered Monday by home security technicians who saw him
while installing equipment in the residence, according to Jason Archinaco, who
owns the four-story home below the Greek Theatre with his wife. It was unclear
how long P-22 had been there.
City animal control officials called state wildlife officials for
assistance, and they used a variety of measures, including a tennis ball
launcher, in an attempt to coax the big cat out of the crawl space, without
success.
This morning, DFG personnel using an electronic device swept the area
for any sign of the animal, and  determined that he was gone. The home has been
under renovation, and the cat went into the crawl space and got comfortable,
Mackey said.
“He had access, which was a huge thing,” Mackey said. “Now, we
blocked his access, so if he does come back, he won’t be able to get in
there.”
The animal, which was recently treated for poisoning and mange, weighs
at least 150 pounds, according to Archinaco.
P-22 was given a collar about a year ago and has grown in that time, a
Griffith Park ranger told NBC4.
The cat “has become more noticeable, he’s bigger. He’s probably looking
for a mate,” the ranger said.

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