Mountain Lion Balances on Hollywood Hills Fence – Los Angeles

The famous Southern California mountainlion P22 was captured on security camera video during a late night neighborhood visit.

The big cat is agile and can be seen jumping on top of a fence, perching on the fence in a pose resembling a gymnast with a balance beam. 

The video was posted by a resident on Tuesday night. The neighborhood borders Los Angeles’ sprawling Griffith Park, where mountain lion P22 has been known to roam.

This wouldn’t be P22’s first trip to nearby neighborhoods.

The mountain seems to be wearing a tracking device. The National Park ServiceTo study the survival of mountain lions in urbanized areas, researchers track them. Researchers can obtain detailed information from the GPS radio collars about these big cats.

According to the NPS, Mumbai and Los Angeles are the only megacities that have large cats within their city limits.

California is home to approximately 4,000-6,000 mountainlions. But wildlife officials say that this estimate is only a rough one without a comprehensive statewide study. Over half of California is considered prime habitat for big cats. They can be found in areas where deer are present.

Every year, hundreds of mountain-lion sighting reports are received by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The department stated that few mountain lion sightings result in them being identified as posing an immediate threat to public safety. Mountain lions attack humans are extremely rare and their nature is to avoid humans.

Here are some suggestions from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife about what to do during a encounter with a mountain-lion.

  • Don’t jog, cycle, or hike alone. Be alert when you are on trails.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • You should keep an eye on children under your care.
  • Mountain lions can be attracted to dogs who are off-leash on trails.
  • Never approach a mountain lion. Provide an escape route.
  • DO NOT RUN. Remain calm. Running could trigger the chase, catch and kill response. Don’t turn your back. Face the animal and make noise. If you are wearing a jacket, wave your arms or open your jacket. Throw rocks or other objects. Help small children.
  • You should not crouch down, or bend over. Squatting puts you in a vulnerable position of appearing much like a 4-legged prey animal.
  • You can be vocal, but speak calmly and avoid high-pitched screams or high-pitched tones. 
  • Show others how to behave in an encounter. Anybody who runs could start an attack.
  • If a lion attacks, fight back. Research suggests that mountain lion attacks have been successfully fought off by many victims using rocks, sticks and garden tools. Keep your feet on the ground. Try to keep your head and neck protected if you are knocked to the ground. 
  • Call 911 immediately if a mountain lion attacks you.
  • Send an unusual behavior by mountain lions to your local CDFW regional offices.

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