More Update: Lion shot and killed." /> Mountain lions spotted in Santa Monica, Griffith Park * - LA Observed

Mountain lions spotted in Santa Monica, Griffith Park *

mountain lion courtyard-thumb-550x732.jpgLion in Santa Monica was shot and killed by DFG, citing concern for public safety

The city of Santa Monica sent residents an email alert this morning saying that "2nd St. between Wilshire and Arizona is closed down to vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to a mountain lion sighting. The lion is contained and The Department of Fish and Game is in route." That's I believe the block where they hold the farmers market, one block off the 3rd Street Promenade. 8:40 update: Channel 5, live at the scene, says it's a juvenile lion that is cornered in a courtyard awaiting the arrival of an agent from Fish and Game.


Meanwhile, KCET's website posted the first known photograph of a lion roaming in Griffith Park. The three-year-old male, designated P22, was tagged and released after being photographed in February, according to the post, which is actually a reprint from a Friends of Griffith Park newsletter.

Photo above of Santa Monica lion in courtyard: KTLA. Lower, P22 from the National Park Service

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