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What the Death of P-22 Means for Los Angeles, And How His Life Can Teach Us To Better Care For Our Big Cats

Published December 19, 2022 at 8:49 AM PST
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: California Regional Director of LA Cougars Beth Prett speaks onstage with a photo of local cougar P-22 at "Meet Me In Australia" To Benefit Australia Wildlife Relief Efforts, hosted by The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association at Los Angeles Zoo on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

What the Death of P-22 Means for Los Angeles, And How His Life Can Teach Us To Better Care For Our Big Cats

P 22 Obit 12.19.22

P-22, the mountain lion that became a celebrity symbol of Los Angeles, was euthanized on Saturday. “Biologists and veterinarians with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today they have made the difficult decision to end P-22’s suffering and help him transition peacefully to the next place," Beth Pratt, regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation, said in her eulogy for her friend. P-22 was believed to be about 12 years old — an unusually long life for a puma. His death comes after he was captured in the backyard of a Los Feliz home on Dec. 12. A string of worrying behavior first indicated a possible decline in the cat’s health. Pratt said on Saturday that vets released a list of "serious health issues they had uncovered from all their testing," including stage two kidney failure, head and eye trauma, a hernia causing abdominal organs to fill his chest cavity, heart disease, and more. But P-22’s legacy, and the lessons his life taught us about how humanity can coexist with these big cats as our footprint gets bigger and their habitat gets smaller will live on far beyond his lifetime.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll remember P-22 with Beth Pratt, regional executive director with the National Wildlife Federation, and Seth Riley, wildlife branch chief for the National Park Service at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Read KPCC and LAist’s full obituary on P-22 here.

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