Hollywood Mountain Lion Captured In LA Backyard

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Wildlife officials on Monday captured the Los Angeles mountain lion that killed a chihuahua in the Hollywood Hills area in November.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Park Service (NPS) captured the mountain lion known as P-22 south of his home area in the Los Feliz neighborhood, according to an NPS press release. (RELATED: Mountain Lion Kills Dog In Residential Neighborhood)

CDFW and NPS tranquilized the mountain lion in the backyard of Los Feliz resident Sarah Picchi at around 11 a.m. Monday, Picchi told the Los Angeles Times. She said Fish and Wildlife officers rang her front gate and said, “You have a lion in your backyard.”

“Of course, I knew it was P-22 because I’ve been following the story,” she told the outlet.

CDFW and NPS transported the mountain lion to an animal care facility for a health evaluation. P-22 may have been struck by a vehicle before CDFW and NPS found him in Picchi’s backyard, the press release continued, citing an anonymous source.

“My husband and I hope P-22 is safe, and, like the rest of L.A., we’re just rooting for him,” Picchi told the Los Angeles Times.