P-22 A mountain lion from the Santa Monica Mountains documented in Griffith Park
Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
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Stardom has done little to dispel the stealth and mystery surrounding p 22. The camera friendly mountain lion known to stalk the deep chaparral cloaked canyons and secluded arroyos of Griffith Park since no other mountain lion had ever safely crossed the 101 freeway from the santa Monica Mountains before sightings of an apex predator in the Hollywood hills and the blurry photographs and hearsay used to back them up were roundly dismissed even by mainstream wildlife biologists as the stuff of urban legend. Before p. 22 the US National Park Service, which tags and tracks the mountain lion population in the santa Monica Mountains, considered Griffith Park an urban island unto itself rising above the city, surrounded by freeways inhospitable to big cats.