October 5, 2013

P-22, the cougar of Hollywood.

"By night, he cruises the chaparral-covered canyons, dining on mule deer, raccoon and coyote. By day, while tots ride the Travel Town train and hikers hit the trails, he hunkers down amid dense vegetation."

ADDED: This made me think of that "Six Feet Under" intro scene:



That startles me even when I know what's going to happen.

16 comments:

EDH said...

Even though it's a male the big cat "identifies" as a cougar.

So Hollywood.

Carol said...

wow, I used to ride the Travel Town train..*sniff*

ironrailsironweights said...

Why not eat the tots and hikers instead? Tastier than some stupid mule deer and coyotes.

Peter

chrisnavin.com said...

There's a big difference between reading a story about P-22, the Santa Monica Mountain Screamer, making a home for himself...

...and walking alone, having your wife jog, or kids running around an area where P-22, the Griffith Park Mule Deer Strangler might be.

Carnifex said...

He will someday soon ironrails. And some will cry about it but the majority of the Ca. retards will celebrate and protect him.

It's a wild animal. Continued exposure to humans will eventually lessen his fear till he eats someones kid. But we got plenty of Ca. retards so I won't squawk too loud. Hell, might even teach the rest of the brain dead herd.

Naaahhhh....they're Californians.

Carnifex said...

ps. One of the things I'd heard around all the campfires I've been to is that the reason an animal, once it's tasted human flesh, always comes back to it, is the high salt content in our bodies(from our diet). Anyone with a dog or cat can relate.

madAsHell said...

The proliferation of security cameras has increased our ability to see these nocturnal marauders. The local talking heads delight in sharing these images between commercial breaks. Cougars and bears at the strip mall are a favorite.

The picture of the cougar with LA in the background must have been carefully thought out.

Amexpat said...

Hollywood has plenty of cougars, but they're mostly older females preying on young male meat.

richard mcenroe said...

Lefty out the dining on housecats and small dogs part.

Typical Cali thinking. That cougar is an apex predator. YOU don't decide what it wants to eat, IT does, and if it's eyeballing your 2-year-old it doesn't care if you donate to Greenpeace.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

richard mcenroe,

The housecats and small dogs really ought to be inside or (for dogs) on leash, you know. Cats who are used to outdoor access aren't keen on being kept indoors, but they do get used to it. And, seriously, they can get hurt or killed by animals a lot smaller than P-22. Raccoons come to mind. Or coyotes. Or larger dogs whose owners are silly enough to let them run loose.

So the cougar was caught, tagged, collared, released. What exactly did you want done with it? Confined? Shot?

Paddy O said...

2-year olds also shouldn't be at the park by themselves.

madAsHell said...

Who in the hell runs with ski poles??

Ann Althouse said...

Ski poles or trekking poles?

We walk with trekking poles. They're great!

Ann Althouse said...

But I think he was running with trekking/ski poles to telegraph to us that he was a doofus.

Taking the pulse on his neck was also supposed to make us sort of feel like it's appropriate for him to die.

He was a city boy, with city ways, impinging on the lion's habitat. When he gets it, we get the satisfaction of feeling he got what he (sort of) deserved.

He looks back on the polluted city... we're supposed to feel that human beings generally have ruined the world and the animals should push back.

David said...

Clean kill.

A lot cleaner than actually happened.

Carnifex said...

No matter what the tree hugging nutjobs tell you, wild animal population is having almost a golden era. There are enough dollars in the works to provide funding for Fish and wildlife conservation, while hunting and fishing is declining as a sport. soon enough, you'll be taxed regularly to provide what hunters have provided you for free. And then the inner cities will eat that tax money up too, and outdoor resources will go the way of NASA.

As to what should be done with a dangerous animal living in close proximity to people, 2 choices. Relocate now, or kill later.