No, that wasn't the Koala mauling Griffith Park mountain lion that wandered onto the campus of a Granada Hills high school yesterday, forcing the school to go into lockdown. Actually, compared to the world-renowned P-22, the three-year-old male that Fish and Wildlife wardens successfully captured and released yesterday afternoon is fairly anonymous. Now that the excitement about an actual mountain lion showing up at the home of the Cougars has died down a bit, let's go over some interesting facts about this intrepid creature.
- Wildlife officials haven't seen him before. The National Parks Service tags and monitors many of Southern California's mountain lions. This allows them to track the movements and health of the lions--and to bear witness to their challenging and often tragic lives. The lion at the high school, though, had not been tracked before yesterday. ABC News reports that officials made sure to tag him with a GPS collar before releasing him back to the wild.
JUST IN: There are reports of a mountain lion loose near a school in Granada Hills, California.https://t.co/riWzWLILdd— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2016
- He's a little on the small side. Weighing in at 110 pounds, this lion is on the lighter end of what's expected for a healthy adult male. According to the Mountain Lion Foundation, most weigh between 110 and 180 pounds, with a few "exceptional individuals" even eclipsing 200 pounds.
- He doesn't go down easy. Wardens needed two tranquilizer darts and a hand administered injection to fully knock the lion out so that he could be transferred away from the Granada Hills community. Officials were impressed with the animal's resilience: "I haven't seen a lion fight the drugs that much," Fish and Wildlife Lieutenant J.C. Healy said.
Mountain lion roaming Granada Hills was caught, is resting in truck. Will be taken to Santa Susana Mountains. pic.twitter.com/FuODktjqUD— Susan Abram (@sabramLA) April 15, 2016
- He's in the Santa Susana Mountains now. This is where Fish and Wildlife dropped off the lion--still a little wobbly--yesterday afternoon. The area doesn't quite have the suburban charm of Granada Hills, but there's a good amount of space for a puma to roam.
Granada Hills lion a little groggy but walking away at 4:15 this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/ZmdtEPY9RK— Cal Fish & Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) April 16, 2016