Inspired By A Mountain Lion

Five years ago a wildlife camera at Griffith Park, Los Angeles photographed an unexpected animal — a mountain lion!   Also called a puma or cougar, the big male cat had crossed two 10-lane freeways to make his home in the park that houses the HOLLYWOOD sign.

Since then he’s been radio-tagged as Puma #22 (P-22) and seen repeatedly on the park’s trail-cams.  He was even recorded vocalizing though no one knows what he was saying.  (Click to hear The Sound of Our Griffith Park Mountain Lion:  P-22 and the Mysteries of Puma Communication.)

P-22 is very shy of humans and stays away from busy areas yet he’s garnered a fan club anyway.  His presence has taught Angelenos about the dangers wildlife face and prompted his fans to help him.

Because of the freeways P-22 is stuck inside 8 squares miles instead of the 200 square miles that mountain lions prefer, so his supporters are raising $50 million to build the largest ever wildlife bridge.   When it’s completed P-22 will be able to roam and find a mate.

It’s an ambitious project inspired by a mountain lion.

Watch the movie trailer for The Cat that Changed America and click to read about A Day In The Life of P-22 in the L.A. Times.


(trailer for The Cat that Changed America on YouTube)

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  1. Recently there have been reports of an untagged cougar in the same area. Hoping it’s a female. Griffith Park also houses the LA Zoo, and about a year and a half ago, P-22 caught and ate a koala. He’s our poster puma, hipsters sport tattoos of him. And we are not over run with deer.

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