Environment & Science

Poisoned Griffith Park mountain lion P-22 recovers

Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
File photo shows mountain lion P-22, which was trapped, sedated and treated for mange during a capture in Griffith Park. New photos released by the National Park Service show the animal appears to have recovered since this time.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
The National Park Service noted on its Facebook page the increased healthiness of mountain lion P-22 seen in his stomach in this photo.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
Mountain lion P-22 coughs up a hairball from the deer he's eating.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
Mountain lion P-22 eating his prey. According to the National Park Service, P-22 returned to his kill to feed on four separate evenings.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
Mountain lion P-22 eating a mule deer.
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Mountain lion P-22 has recovered from mange. According to the National Park Service, his recovered health can be seen in his healthier, stronger whiskers.
Mountain lion P-22 eating from a mule deer.
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A mountain lion living in Los Angeles' Griffith Park appears to have recovered from mange and exposure to rat poison.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area biologist Jeff Sikich says the lion dubbed P-22 looks healthy and has a full belly in recent photos.

The National Park Service on Thursday released photos taken last month by a remotely triggered camera set up at the site of a freshly killed mule deer. More than 1,500 photos were taken as P-22 returned to feed over four nights.

P-22 was robustly pictured by National Geographic last year with the Hollywood sign in the background. But early this year he was markedly deteriorated when he was captured for a collar battery change. Biologists treated him for mange and poisoning, and then released him.