An iconic Los Angeles mountain lion captured earlier this week for a health assessment was euthanized Saturday, wildlife authorities said.
The mountain lion, known as P-22, which lived in and around Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, had severe injuries and was experiencing chronic health problems, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Experts noted during the assessment that there were signs that he may have been hit by a vehicle.
“Based on these factors, compassionate euthanasia under general anesthesia was unanimously recommended by the medical team at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and CDFW officials made the decision to do so on Saturday, Dec. 17,” the agency said.
The mountain lion was captured on Dec. 12 by CDFW and the National Park Service, following a series of reports that he had attacked multiple dogs and had been spotted in heavily populated areas such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake, wildlife authorities said.
“P-22 is old for a wild cat and these behavioral changes, along with evidence of physical changes, could be indicative of difficulty continuing to thrive in the wild,” CDFW said at the time.
The cat underwent a physical exam, organ function tests and an infectious disease screening by the Safari Park’s wildlife health team, which uncovered significant injuries suggesting a vehicle collision.
The tests also revealed “significant pre-existing illnesses,” including chronic weight loss and irreversible kidney disease.
“P-22’s advanced age, combined with chronic, debilitating, life-shortening conditions and the clear need for extensive long-term veterinary intervention left P-22 with no hope for a positive outcome,” CDFW said.
Known as the “Hollywood Cat,” P-22 had become the face of the NPS’ efforts to track Southland-area cats, KABC reported. Several social media accounts were dedicated to his moves, which over the years have included crossing a pair of freeways, refusing to leave a Los Feliz home, and killing a Los Angeles Zoo koala.
P-22 was estimated to be around 12 years old, the outlet reported.