LOS FELIZ — Should P-22, the famous Griffith Park mountain lion believed responsible for killing a koala last week at the L.A. Zoo stay or go? In the wake of the attack, councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu have taken opposing sides, with O’Farrell saying it’s time to consider moving the animal to a remote location while Ryu said that relocating P-22 “would not be in the best interest of protecting our wildlife species.”
O’Farrell, who heads the City Council’s Arts, Parks, and River committee, issued a statement saying that the mountain lion needs a new home where he would have more room to roam and be less likely to have a run in with a human or be killed crossing a freeway.
“As much as we love P-22 at Griffith Park, we know the park is not ultimately suitable for him,” O’Farrell said in a statement quoted by the L.A. Times. “We should consider resettling him in the environment he needs.”
But Ryu, whose Council District 4 includes Griffith Park, says P-22 should remain free to roam the hills of Griffith Park.
“The incident at the Los Angeles Zoo is incredibly unfortunate,” Ryu said in a statement issued this afternoon. “However, relocating P22 would not be in the best interest of protecting our wildlife species. Mountain lions are a part of the natural habitat of Griffith Park and the adjacent hillsides.”