Published On: Sun, Dec 18th, 2022

Things We Saw Today: P-22, The King of Los Angeles, Has Died

the mountain lion known as p-22 walks in front of the Hollywood sign at night

Southern Californians, and Angelenos in particular, are mourning today because our beloved mascot and champion of the people, P-22 was humanely euthanized. P-22 first came into our hearts and trail cams over a decade ago and has charmed us ever since. A bachelor for his entire mountain lion life, he nevertheless had won the love of an entire city. He migrated from the Santa Monica mountains to his home in the Hollywood Hills, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, over the past few months, he began displaying abnormal and erratic behavior, including acting aggressively toward people and their dogs. The LA wildlife team was able to sedate and capture P-22 in order to provide medical service and retirement to a nature preserve. Unfortunately, they discovered he had several chronic illnesses and grievous injuries from being hit by a car and they had no choice but to euthanize him. Rest well our shy, solo King and may you be prowling mightily in the great beyond. – LA Times

The Mary Sue

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