You may have read reports in the news of a dog being attacked in the Hollywood Hills this week. Reports suggest it may have been P22 as a collared mountain lion was seen in the area, captured by security footage on a residential street near the Hollywood Reservoir. A dog walker out on an early evening walk with two small dogs, witnessed the mountain lion take one of the small dogs, a Chihuahua named Piper.
The local park service confirmed it was P22, and the incident happened within his territory. While we love P22, we have a healthy respect that mountain lions are wild animals. Small dogs resemble their prey and P22 was just doing what any mountain lion would do. P22 is also the suspected culprit of taking a female koala from the LA Zoo in 2016.
Dog walkers should be vigilant or avoid taking their small dogs for walks at dawn or dusk when mountain lions are active. Remember you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be attacked by a mountain lion. To find out more about co-existing with cougars you can register for a free online event this Monday November 21st with Save LA Cougars bit.ly/nov21-talk
And you can find out more about P22 in the film and book called The Cat That Changed America on Vimeo on Demand and Amazon.
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