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 canine, and as they go away 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 canine, pulled him so onerous that he pulled him off the leash, and ran off with the canine in its mouth,” Warren Jason informed FOX 11.
The opposite canine and the walker had 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 conversant in P-22, the mountain lion that lives within the Hollywood Hills/Griffith Park space.
“He’s at all times on my video feed,” one resident stated. 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 isn’t a good suggestion.”
Group members stated they really feel horrible about Piper’s loss of life, however they’re additionally involved the assault may set off backlash in opposition to 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 stated. “That is his dwelling and we have now to adapt.”
P-22, who was first documented by the Griffith Park Connectivity research 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 loss of life in 2016, however P-22 was by no means blamed for that loss of life regardless of his collar displaying he was within the space.
The Nationwide Park Service informed FOX 11 they imagine P-22 killed Piper, however they’ve to substantiate it was him via a monitoring collar.
Residents additionally stated they’re assured P-22 carried out the assault on Friday, as they’ve him on their surveillance movies and acknowledge the collar.