House cat was a cougar! This file photo shows the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 (AP photos)
House cat was a cougar!
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A celebrity mountain lion that lounged under a home for hours and refused to budge has wandered out on its own, wildlife officials said. This is despite bean bags, tennis balls and prods that had little effect on moving the animal.

A thorough check turned up no sign of the big cat. It is known as P-22. The lion was found under a residence in the hilly Los Feliz neighborhood. That's near Los Angeles. This is according to Lt. J.C. Healy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Officials from the National Park Service were trying to pick up a signal from the electronic beacon on the cougar's collar to determine its whereabouts.

Homeowner Rachel Archinaco told television station KABC that workers had been installing a home security system. They encountered the cougar. It was in a crawl space."The one worker came sprinting through our house, white-faced, shouting, 'There's a mountain lion under your house!'" she said.

The wild mountain lion has a red ear tag. It normally lives in Griffith Park. That is right next to the neighborhood that features hillsides covered in thick brush. The animal arrived in the area several years ago. It came from the western slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. The mountain lion crossed two freeways to get there.

National Geographic famously photographed P-22 in 2013. The well-known Hollywood sign could be seen in the background. Several photographs from a remote camera in Griffith Park also captured the cat last year.

The animal survived mange and a meal of rat poison last year to become apparently healthy again.

At the home, wildlife officials cleared most media and gawkers away after darkness fell. Then they used several techniques that would not injure the animal. They just wanted him to leave. The efforts to get the mountain lion to move on were handled by professionals.

Gently, they poked him with a long prod. That did little other than temporarily lose the pricey GoPro camera. It was attached to the end of the prod.

They fired a tennis ball cannon into the crawl space. The idea was that the noise and commotion would scare him out. It's a tactic that often works with coyotes.

They then fired small bean bags. The bean bags were the same kind police sometimes use for human crowd control. The mountain lion seemed unimpressed.

All the tactics were shown live on streaming video. They drew mild reactions from P-22. None came close to drawing him out. They didn't even get him to move much.

Archinaco's husband, Jason, said the couple has three ordinary house cats. The family had thought about adding to their numbers.

"My wife wanted a fourth one," he said, "but not this way."

Critical thinking challenge: How did the mountain lion become a celebrity?

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COMMENTS (29)
  • AugustH-5
    4/17/2015 - 03:56 p.m.

    A cougar escaped from its home to the hilly Los Feilz neighborhood. Los Feliz is close to Los Angles. The cougar was found underneath a house in a crawl space. People from national park services were trying to pick up his location by tracking the electronic beacon that was on his neck. The cat is still under the house but it should be out soon. It would be super scary to have a cougar underneath your house, or even in your neighborhood.

    • IzzyBrown-Maske-Ste
      4/21/2015 - 12:38 p.m.

      I agree with you AugustH-5 because, it would be scarier if there was a cougar under your house or in your own neighborhood.

    • SalemBrewer-Ste
      4/21/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

      I agree about it being scary and good job on your summary just next time try to include more information about what it was doing before in the article instead of just during that middle part.

    • AlexRR2-Ste
      4/21/2015 - 03:53 p.m.

      I agree with your comment. Everything you stated was true. It would be very scary to have a cougar anywhere near you.

    • NathanR1-Ste
      4/21/2015 - 04:18 p.m.

      Nice i like how u said what happened in that little of words.

  • EstrellaSalazar
    4/19/2015 - 11:45 a.m.

    The article talk about a mountain lion that was found under a residence in the hilly Los Feliz neighborhood close to Los Angeles.
    Homeowner of the residence Rachel Archinaco told television station KABC that workers had been installing a home security system found the cougar in a crawl space under her house.
    Officials from the National Park Service were trying to get out the mountain lion, but his efforts were not effective. Finally the cougar went down on his own.
    I think that the animal did become a celebrity were because: first, the mountain lion crossed two freeways to get the house and second, he didn't move of the house even when the wildlife official fired to him small bean bags and tennis ball cannon into the crawl space.
    Besides is interesting too that the animal were able to survived to mange and a meal of rat poison and continue apparently healthy.

  • VanessaC-3
    4/19/2015 - 06:18 p.m.

    This weird story got me to question "Who would have a cougar as a pet?" especially it being a wild animal. even having it has a pet would be dangerous especially having guests or company over. It would frighten people all over the world. It being the most horrific and interesting story I have ever heard. My opinion would be having a big cat can be a threat, but a small cat can be treat.

  • Tiffany0307-yyca
    4/20/2015 - 10:05 p.m.

    I think that it is just crazy to get a mountain lion for a pet in the house. It is just kind of weird because the owners didn't know anything about their house pet that it was a cougar. But that cougar does look a little sweet to me. But anyways, it is almost strange everyone is really impressed and everyone like that little "kitty". I think that lion really has to be trained before it grows up and becomes a lion and gobble his own owners up.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: How did the mountain lion become a celebrity?
    Answer: It's because everyone might be crazy about the owners owning a mountain lion as a pet, and that is kind of crazy to deal with if you don't know that you're taking care of a wild animal.

  • SalemBrewer-Ste
    4/21/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    How did the Mountain Lion become a celebrity? About two years ago in 2013 National Geographic photographed the cougar in front of the famous Holly Wood Sign, this was found in paragraph six. After wards the cougar survived a case of mange and eating rat poison which i would guess probably upped the popularity because, he survived eating poison, and then he walked in a houses crawl space. My question is, was he after the cats? Was it warm? Why did he go there? This information was found in paragraph Six, Seven, and Four.

  • AlexRR2-Ste
    4/21/2015 - 03:59 p.m.

    The mountain lion become a huge celebrity. The mountain lion become so world wide because he/she was one of the firsts to ever be underneath someones house. The mountain lion also would not leave the crawl space where he/she was at. The mountain came from Griffith Park and also was in a lot of famous shots taken by National Geographic.

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