A canine was attacked and killed by a mountain lion whereas out on a stroll Friday evening in Los Angeles, with the well-known P-22 believed to be accountable.
The incident occurred round 6:30 p.m. Friday evening within the Hollywood Hills neighborhood and was captured on a house’s safety video. A canine walker was seen strolling two small canines, and as they depart the body, a mountain lion comes out of the comb, crouching because it follows them.
One neighborhood resident recalled witnessing the assault.
“He actually grabbed one of many canines, pulled him so onerous that he pulled him off the leash, and ran off with the canine in its mouth,” Warren Jason instructed FOX 11.
The opposite canine and the walker have been left unhurt within the incident.
The canine that was killed was a Chihuahua combine named Piper, who was rescued by its proprietor in 2014. The proprietor and everybody else within the neighborhood are accustomed to P-22, the mountain lion that lives within the Hollywood Hills/Griffith Park space.
Residents mentioned they’re accustomed to the mountain lion referred to as P-22, as they typically discover him on their safety cameras.animalsatmyfrontdoor
“He’s all the time on my video feed,” one resident mentioned. She famous that she by no means had any points with the animal, however doesn’t stroll her canine at evening as a result of “coyotes are throughout, so it’s not a good suggestion.”
Neighborhood members mentioned they really feel horrible about Piper’s demise, however they’re additionally involved the assault might set off backlash towards the beloved mountain lion, which they don’t help.
“The drought means there are much less rabbits and different wildlife within the space, so P-22 is on the lookout for meals,” one resident mentioned. “That is his residence and now we have to adapt.”
P-22, who was first documented by the Griffith Park Connectivity examine a decade in the past, has by no means been confirmed to have killed any pets. A Koala from the Griffith Park Zoo was discovered mauled to demise in 2016, however P-22 was by no means blamed for that demise regardless of his collar displaying he was within the space.
The Nationwide Park Service instructed FOX 11 they consider P-22 killed Piper, however they’ve to verify it was him by a monitoring collar.
Residents additionally mentioned they’re assured P-22 carried out the assault on Friday, as they’ve him on their surveillance movies and acknowledge the collar.