Mountain Lion P-22 Captured in Los Feliz South of Griffith Park After Killing Dog in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles

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A mountain lion, known as P-22, that previously killed a dog in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, and attacked another in Silver Lake, was captured Monday, December 12 after officials think the mountain lion may have been hit by a vehicle. Hollywood Hills is about 4 miles west-southwest of Griffith Park. Silver Lake is about 3.5 miles southeast of Griffith Park.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Park Service (NPS) announced Monday, December 12, 2022 that they successfully tranquilized the mountain lion known as P-22 and transported him to a wild animal care facility for a full health evaluation. After an initial assessment by qualified veterinarians, the lion was deemed to be in stable condition and is undergoing additional veterinary evaluation.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, CDFW announced their intent to capture the world-famous mountain lion and bring him in for a health evaluation. CDFW and NPS found P-22 this morning south of his long-time home range in Griffith Park in the Los Feliz area. Los Feliz is about 2 miles south-southeast of Griffith Park. An anonymous report Sunday night, December 11, 2022, indicated that the mountain lion or puma may have been struck by a vehicle.

CDFW had not set any traps yet at the time that P-22 was located. Instead, upon determining where he was through the GPS locations and signal from his tracking collar, biologists were able to dart him in the neighborhood. CDFW veterinarians and NPS biologists will determine the best next steps for the animal while also prioritizing the safety of the surrounding communities. CDFW and NPS have already been in contact with leading institutions for animal care and rehabilitation centers.

CDFW and NPS thanked the community for providing help when asked and for refraining from intervening in the effort.

CDFW and NPS have long partnered on issues related to P-22 and the two agencies will work together to find the most humane option available for the lion and the community in which he lives, according to CDFW.

CDFW and NPS recognize how many people are concerned about mountain lions, their conservation, and P-22 in particular, and we appreciate this interest. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at