P-22 mountain lion spotted roaming the streets of Hollywood Hills


The mountain lion known as P-22 was spotted wandering the Hollywood Hills, climbing and jumping fences Wednesday night and early Thursday, according to officials and video footage captured by residents.

The big cat crossed the street in front of a doorbell camera in Beachwood Canyon around 4:40 a.m. Thursday, resident Arielle Lafuente said. The mountain lion then passed by his house again after sunrise, around 6:30 a.m.

A resident’s surveillance camera captured video late Wednesday of a mountain lion jumping off a fence on the street in the Hollywood Hills.

“He prowled around here for hours,” she said. “It’s definitely exciting. We have a dog who wouldn’t go out around 6:30 am at his usual walk time and then was very interested in the smells outside.

Another neighbor who requested anonymity caught the cat jumping off the fence near his residence, footage shows.

While Lafuente is used to catching packs of coyotes on her camera, this was the first time she had seen a mountain lion.

Authorities have confirmed the identity of the golden feline, saying it is a single cat P-22, whose home territory is Griffith Park.

“P-22 is a famous cat and any sighting of him, at least to many people, is news, but it’s not unusual,” said Ana Beatriz Cholo, spokeswoman for the National Parks Service. “He lives in Griffith Park and the hills are right there, so he sometimes ventures into other neighborhoods. It’s all part of his hood.

P-22 wears his signature GPS collar in the videos.

P-22 ended up in Griffith Park about 10 years ago after leaving its original home in the Santa Monica Mountains and crossing the 101 and 405 freeways.

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