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LA P-22 mountain lion makes another visit to Hollywood Hills home

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, the wildlife Kevin Prince encountered near his home in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood consisted largely of rats clinging to slices of pizza.

But in the Hollywood Hills, Prince came face to face with Southland’s favorite feline citizen, the P-22 puma, a much larger and more majestic presence.

“In the last year and a half, I’ve had four visits from P-22s,” Prince said, the most recent of which was an early Tuesday morning visit captured by a pair of cameras he had installed.

In footage posted to Prince’s Instagram account @animalsatmyfrontdoor, P-22 descends a short flight of stairs, past Prince’s front door and onto a patio with breathtaking views.

The sighting was confirmed by the National Park Service.

“About a weekend after moving here, I came home one night, parked in my carport, and looked up the steps that lead up to my house and saw what I think was like a golden retriever,” Prince said in an interview with The Times. .

“When he started moving, he moved like Mufasa [from Disney’s “The Lion King”] and I knew it was a lion,” he said. After some research, Prince discovered that the visitor was possibly the Lion.

Prince set out to capture images of the mountain lion and installed motion-sensing cameras on his patio last year.

P-22 obliged with multiple home appearances, with easy access to the surrounding hills.

The 123-pound, 12-year-old cat has been spotted several times over the past month, including a few March trips to Silver Lake.

“One of my neighbors said to me, ‘You’re the luckiest person in LA,'” Prince said.

Maybe so, but it took him a while to get used to the visits of P-22s, skunks, squirrels and opossums.

Prince admitted that the first encounter with P-22 scared him. He said he notified the park service after the sighting and was told mountain lions resided in the area and sightings were common.

“We tell people all the time that this is mountain lion country,” said Ana Beatriz Cholo, spokeswoman for the park service’s Santa Monica Mountains region.

Prince considers himself lucky to have such a famous visitor but remains vigilant.

“I looked up how to repel cougars, and it’s a Google [search] I didn’t know I would need to do it,” he said. “Every time I leave my house I check my motion alerts or look out the window, but I’m not scared. I think it’s a beautiful creature and we should adopt P-22.

His family and friends in the East are more worried.

“My mother is horrified,” he said. “She’s very scared and her family has asked me if I’m okay.”




Los Angeles Times

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