LOS FELIZ (CBSLA.com) — Wildlife officials Tuesday said telemetry results found the mountain lion that was trapped under a Los Feliz home has left the area.
Workers with a security company Monday discovered the 150-pound animal, known as P-22, inside a crawl space in the 2700 block of Glendower Avenue, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Crews attempted to scare the animal out from under the home by waving a stick and pelting tennis balls through a vent in the crawl space.
Around midnight, officials decided to leave P-22 alone. He had not made any aggressive moves.
“We didn’t know he was there, so he hasn’t bothered us – he’s fine,” homeowner Paula Archinaco said.
Just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said telemetry results found P-22 left the area on his own and was last located about 1.5 miles into Griffith Park.
“P-22 has a radio collar on him that’s also a satellite collar, and it does connect with satellites and give his location,” Fish and Wildlife Warden Trevor Pell said.
They believe he was roaming the area possibly for food or for a mate.
The young male cat has been tagged and known to be living in the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills for several years. He was also featured in National Geographic.
“He felt safe in that hole, but once everyone took off last night, the lion removed himself and probably went back to his natural habitat,” warden Jason Healy said.
During the 150 years of tracking mountain lions, Calif. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say there have been less than 20 verified attacks.