An iconic Los Angeles mountain lion captured for a health screening earlier this week was euthanized on Saturday, wildlife authorities said.
The mountain lion, known as P-22, who lived in and around Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, had serious injuries and suffered from chronic health conditions, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During the assessment, experts noted that there were indications that he might have been hit by a vehicle.
“Based on these factors, compassionate euthanasia under general anesthesia was unanimously recommended by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park medical team and CDFW officials made the decision to do so on Saturday, December 17,” the agency said.
The mountain lion was captured Dec. 12 by CDFW and the National Park Service after a spate of reports that he had attacked several dogs and been sighted in densely populated areas such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake, wildlife authorities said.
“P-22 is old for a wildcat, and these behavioral changes, along with evidence of physical changes, could be an indication that it is difficult to continue thriving in the wild,” CDFW said at the time.
The cat underwent a physical examination, organ function tests and infectious disease screening by the Safari Park’s wildlife health team, which revealed significant injuries suggestive of a vehicle collision.
The tests also revealed “significant pre-existing medical conditions,” including chronic weight loss and irreversible kidney disease.
“P-22’s advanced age, combined with chronic, debilitating, life-limiting conditions and a clear need for extensive long-term veterinary intervention, left P-22 with no hope of a positive outcome,” said CDFW.
P-22, known as the “Hollywood Cat,” has become the face of NPS efforts to track cats in the Southland area, KABC reported. Several social media accounts have been dedicated to his moves, which over the years have included crossing two freeways, refusing to leave a home in Los Feliz, and killing a koala at the Los Angeles Zoo.
P-22 was estimated to live around 12 years, the outlet reported.
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