Famed Mountain Lion Settles In Under Los Angeles Home

Originally published on April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

A mountain lion named "P-22," known to prowl the Hollywood Hills, is something of a local celebrity in the Los Angeles area. And like any celebrity worth his salt, he inspired a media frenzy earlier this week when he made a cameo appearance beneath a home in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

With its proximity to Hollywood, the affluent Los Angeles community of Los Feliz attracts its share of stargazers.

JASON ARCHINACO: We get some traffic because the house next door erroneously says it's owned by Brad Pitt. It's not, but it shows up on the star map, so we get people up here trying to meet Brad Pitt a lot.

CORNISH: That's Los Feliz homeowner Jason Archinaco. A star of a different kind made an appearance there this week right underneath Archinaco's house.

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It's a mountain lion known as P-22, a local celebrity. The big cat frequents the Hollywood Hills. He's even been photographed by National Geographic prowling in the glow of the Hollywood sign.

CORNISH: On Monday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife tried to coax the lion out of Archinaco's crawlspace.

ARCHINACO: They tried everything. They shot tennis balls at him. They shot bean bags at him, prodded him with a stick.

CORNISH: And like any Hollywood celebrity worth his salt, the elusive star drew a media frenzy to the house.

SIEGEL: In fact, it wasn't until the very early morning hours when the paparazzi went home and all was quiet that the mountain lion slipped away.

ARCHINACO: Twelve-thirty or so is when the news crews kind of left here. And then 3:45 today they showed up again, so there was about a three-hour gap where he probably escaped, had enough of it - made his personal appearance and then rolled, you know?

SIEGEL: Should the mountain lion return, Jason Archinaco says he doesn't mind sharing his property, but he and his wife will be sealing up that crawlspace. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.