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P-22 Day: Who Is the Charismatic Cat and Why Does He Have a Holiday?

Los Angeles is painting the town red this weekend to celebrate its favorite celebrity mountain lion for P-22 Day on October 22. Declared a holiday by the City of Los Angeles in 2016, the National Wildlife Federation partnered up with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and other community supporters to host a festival that honors the feline known for crossing two major southern California freeways and venturing out to live on his own in Griffith Park. The festival goal is to raise awareness of the dangers facing urban wildlife and raise funds to build a wildlife crossing, which supporters say would help local mountain lions roam more freely throughout their urban ecosystem. Studies indicate freeways have not only killed 17 lions attempting to cross since 2002, but overall development has pushed lions like P-22 closer into extinction. 

Click the images below to learn more about P-22, other local mountain lions, and the intersection of people, our built environments and urban wildlife.

1) A Tale of Two Mountain Lions: An Introduction to P-22

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Meet P-22 and P-32, two mountain lions who successfully departed the Santa Monica Mountains by crossing multiple freeways, only to find troubling fates in the world beyond. | SoCal Connected

2) That Time We Almost Lost Puma 22 to Rat Poison

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National Park Service biologist Joanne Moriarty takes a skin scraping from P-22 to test for mange | Photo: Santa Monica Mountains NRA/Flickr/Creative Commons LicenseA much-celebrated Los Angeles puma whose image graced the pages of a national 

3) Why Moving the Griffith Park Puma Would Be a Bad Idea

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Leave Kitney Alone! P-22 in December | Photo: NPSsome rights reserved

4) A Look Back at Wild L.A.: Mountain Lions, Grizzly Bears & the Land that Once Was

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Historic depiction of a mountain lion in Los Angeles. | Lost LA

5) What to do if You Meet a Mountain Lion

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Puma | Chris Clarke

6) Latest: Mountain Lion P-41 Found Dead Near Verdugo Mountains

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P-41, the mountain lion found dead near the Verdugo Mountains in 2017. | SoCal Connected

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