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 despite bean bags, tennis balls and prods has wandered out on its own, wildlife officials said.

A thorough check turned up no sign of the big cat known as P-22 under the residence in the hilly Los Feliz neighborhood near Los Angeles, said 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 installing a home security system encountered the cougar 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, which has a red ear tag, normally lives in Griffith Park, which is right next to the neighborhood featuring hillsides covered in thick brush. It arrived in the area several years ago from the western slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains and crossed two freeways to get there.

National Geographic famously photographed P-22 in 2013 with the Hollywood sign in the background and several sharp photographs from a remote camera in GriffithPark captured the cat last year.

He 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 used several techniques that would not injure the animal to try to get him to move. Trying to get the mountain lion to move on was handled by professionals.

Gently, they poked him with a long prod, but that did little other than temporarily lose the pricey GoPro camera they had attached to the end of it.

They fired a tennis ball cannon into the crawl space with hopes that at least the noise and commotion would scare him out, a tactic that often works with coyotes.

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

All the tactics, shown live on streaming video, drew mild reactions from P-22 none coming close to drawing him out or even getting him to move much.

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

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

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COMMENTS (64)
  • JoeMuh-Ver
    4/17/2015 - 03:17 p.m.

    I love how the worker that was at the woman's house freaked out when he saw the cougar even though it was really small and looked harmless. Also it looked like the cougar was more afraid of the men rather than the other way around.

  • DominicK-Ver
    4/17/2015 - 03:18 p.m.

    I cant believe that this mountain lion got its way under the house somehow!i would love to have a friendly cougar as a pet. They should definitely keep this as a pet.

  • andres-Koc
    4/18/2015 - 10:50 p.m.

    This is very interesting because the cougar became a "celebrity" just because it stayed under a house. It is funny to hear about this because the owner's of the house are saying they want to keep the cougar with them. I truly enjoyed reading this and I also hope no harm came to the cougar and that nobody got hurt from this incident.

  • coreyong-Koc
    4/19/2015 - 02:30 p.m.

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  • jasonm-Koc
    4/19/2015 - 05:34 p.m.

    The national parks should be preserving these Cougars and keeping them contained within these national parks so the Cougars are safe from the outside population and don't pose a threat to those around them.

  • jarredc-Koc
    4/19/2015 - 09:45 p.m.

    Animals that are known to be powerful and feared predators have often been found to wander from their habitats in these modern times. These animals are not just mindless beasts with no true thought. They are living beings with a will to survive at all costs. Deforestation and the destruction of nature have caused many animals to become desperate to find a home in their slowly dwindling environment. Humanity must remember that we aren't the only beings on this planet and that we must protect the homes of the other species that share this Earth with us.

  • justinb-Koc
    4/19/2015 - 11:46 p.m.

    The mountain lion became famous because it was in the crawl space of a news reporters house and that is how the mountain lion became famous.

  • thanhn-Koc
    4/20/2015 - 12:54 a.m.

    I would be scared if a wild mountain cat wandered near my home. It's got huge claws and teeth. I like hot potatos with cheese.

  • nylienc-Koc
    4/20/2015 - 09:03 a.m.

    You know that mountain lion didn't want to stay in that in that park if he travelled that far just to get away from it.

  • erinbundy-Goo
    4/20/2015 - 09:51 a.m.

    A mountain lion, known as P-22, became a sort of celebrity. The text states that National Geographic famously photographed the mountain lion in 2013 with the Hollywood sign in the background. The text also states that the mountain lion was photographed on a remote camera many times. The evidence from the text shows that the mountain lion became famous through pictures taken of him.

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