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Famous Hollywood Mountain Lion 'P-22' Has Finally Been Laid to Rest

PetHelpful 3/8/2023 Eve Vawter
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People hope the big cat is finally at peace.

One of the oldest and most well-known cats in the National Park Service's study of Southland lions has been laid to rest. Most often referred to as "The Hollywood Cat," P-22 was euthanized December. 17 after being examined by wildlife officials who captured him following recent signs of distress, including a series of attacks on pet dogs in the area.

Watch the following to learn about the touching tribute this beautiful mountain lion received. 

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@Diplo had shared the following to his TikTok page after P-22's passing. 

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The memorial for the lion drew a crowd of over 6,000 who celebrated his life. The memorial program featured musical performances, speeches from those who had connections to the mountain lion and a section on animal conservation. 

Beth Pratt, the California Regional Executive Director - National Wildlife Federation Leader, shared a touching tribute on Facebook. 

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The post reads in part, I was honored to be invited to attend by our Indigenous partners and full of so much gratitude to them for their beautiful and moving ceremony that showed such reverence and respect for this remarkable animal. The affecting songs and tributes helped me achieve some measure of peace, although I struggled the entire time to hold it together and wasn’t always successful.

@PatteeOlsen comments, "I’m glad that you were able to be there, Beth, and to share your experience with all of us who loved P-22. It is fitting that he was returned to the wild and that he had people who loved and respected him at his burial. May he rest in peace. He will be remembered always." @Mirjampeters adds, "I am grateful that P-22 is buried in the mountains where he was born. His spirit can wander there. - A picture at the Wildlife Bridge would also make me very happy. Love you P-22." 

The burial location will not be revealed to protect and preserve the site. Rest in peace beautiful creature. 

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