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Warning issued as wild mountain lion seen roaming the hills around Hollywood


Residents of a Los Angeles neighbourhood have reported seeing a mountain lion roaming around, prompting experts to issue warnings to stay away from the animal.

The lion was spotted in Griffith Park, at the end of the Santa Monica mountains, and will hopefully allow locals to become more knowledgable on how to live alongside local wildlife.

This is also the same location where the beloved mountain lion P-22 was known to roam before being put down in 2022 due to an ongoing illness.

Beth Pratt, California Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation, shared images of the new sighting on social media platform X, warning people not to get too close.

She wrote: “Please give the cat space if you see him-we are trying to avoid for now people trying to photograph him – lights and sounds from cameras could impact this cat’s behavior as we don’t know if he is as comfortable in front of the cameras as P-22.

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“And even P-22 would avoid cameras as well. If you do see him, please let us know as this will help the researchers. He is not collared.”

The sightings remain unconfirmed and experts are currently investigating the claims, but Pratt said the National Park Service could name the lion P-122, as per their numbering system.

Vladimir Polumiskov took a video of the lion, which he managed to spot on two different trips to Griffith Park, calling him a “beautiful, beautiful animal”.

Prat continued: “Very exciting to contemplate another mountain lion may be calling Griffith Park home! Long live P-22! Thank you to Vlad for the photos and videos and for caring about our mountain lions.”

Estimates put the number of mountain lions currently living in the Santa Monica Mountains at around 15, and this latest sighting could be the newest member of the group.

National Park Service spokesperson Ana Beatriz Cholo said the team has reviewed Polumiskov’s video and is taking the claim seriously. She said: “We obviously want to make sure we confirm this is the real thing. Hopefully, we’ll get that in the near future.”

California is currently home to between 3,200 and 4,500 mountain lions, according to the California Mountain Lion Project, with most of them living in the coastal forests of the Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

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