Mountain Lion Spotting at Silver Lake – NBC Los Angeles

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An unusual sight was filmed by startled locals Tuesday night when a mountain lion visited Silver Lake and other neighborhoods north of downtown Los Angeles.

The puma, probably famous P-22, was wearing a tracking collar. Kathleen Lalap provided NBCLA with a video of the big cat in an alley in the Westerly Terrace neighborhood.

“My friend and I were stunned as we sat in my car,” she wrote.

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Kathleen Lalap

A mountain lion, like P-22, is seen in Silver Lake on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The cougar walked over to the car, then strutted nonchalantly between it and a van and out onto the street.

The sighting marks a visit outside the usual P-22 safety zone north into the wilderness of Griffith Park and the Hollywood Hills, where several sightings have been reported in bordering residential areas over the past decade. He hid under a house once in nearby Los Feliz, but locals said Tuesday’s sighting surprised them.

Another sighting on Tuesday took place in the Berkeley Circle area, not far from Silver Lake Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Times. Marianna Palka said she had never seen a mountain in the area. Another Berkeley Circle resident told The Times he saw what he thought was a coyote on a neighbor’s doorbell camera.

“We’re just standing there looking at each other and the light goes out,” Chris Blim said. “The only thing you see are the eyes, and that’s where the heart stops. It’s not a house cat.

Wildlife officials have not confirmed the big cat is P-22, but there are no known mountain lions other than P-22 that roam the wilderness in and around Griffith Park.

Researchers believe the P-22 came from the Santa Monica Mountains. He kind of crossed the 405 and 101 freeways in Griffith Park about 10 years ago. Silver Lake is located between Griffith Park and downtown Los Angeles.

The National Park Service tracks cougars to study how they survive in urbanized landscapes. GPS radio collars provide researchers with detailed information about the mysterious big cats.

Los Angeles and Mumbai are the only two megacities in the world to have big cats living within city limits, according to the NPS.

There are about 4,000 to 6,000 cougars in California, but wildlife officials call that a rough estimate with no ongoing statewide study. More than half of the state is considered prime habitat for big cats, which can be found wherever deer are present.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife receives hundreds of mountain lion sighting reports each year. Rare are the instances where mountain lions are identified as an imminent threat to public safety, the department said. Cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare and their nature is to avoid humans.

Here is a complete list of recommendations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on what to do when encountering a mountain lion:

  • Don’t hike, bike, or jog alone. Stay alert on the trails.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when cougars are most active – at dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Supervise small children closely.
  • Dogs off leash on the trails are at increased risk of becoming preyed upon by a mountain lion.
  • Never approach a cougar. Give them an escape.
  • DO NOT RUN. Stay calm. Running can trigger a chase, grab, and kill response. Don’t turn your back. Face the animal, make noise, and try to look taller by waving your arms or opening your jacket if you’re wearing one; throw stones or other objects. Pick up little kids.
  • Do not squat or bend over. Crouching puts you in a vulnerable position where you look like 4-legged prey.
  • Be vocal; however, speak calmly and do not use high-pitched tones or high-pitched shouts.
  • Teach others how to behave in a meeting. Anyone running can launch an attack.
  • If a lion attacks, retaliate. Research into mountain lion attacks suggests that many potential victims have successfully fought back with rocks, sticks, gardening tools, even an ink pen or bare hands. Try to stay upright. In the event of a rollover, try to protect your head and neck.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, call 911 immediately.
  • Report unusual mountain lion behavior to your local CDFW regional office.
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