Surveillance video captured the lion strolling down Hollyridge Drive, a Hollywood street lined with multi-million dollar homes. The homeowner who captured the video was hoping to catch suspects breaking into cars.
Imagine his surprise when instead of seeing a thief, he saw the mountain lion.
The 125-pound cat, known as P-22, picked a good spot to call home. The area he’s been seen roaming is less than a mile away from Griffith Park’s Bronson Canyon and about a mile and a half south of the iconic Hollywood sign.
Steve Winters, a photographer for the National Geographic Magazine, captured P-22 strolling the Hollywood Hills.
“He wasn’t drawn to the area. He was drawn to living,” Winters told ABC News Wednesday. “If he didn’t leave [the Santa Monica Mountains] he would’ve had to fight the alpha male. He left for self-preservation.”
Winters said it took him six months to track down the mountain lion. He said the high volume of people hiking at Griffith made it almost impossible to follow P-22′s tracks. Instead, Winters set up cameras around the area.
“I figure out where he goes, and I put remote cameras on those trails,” Winters said. “We figure out where he goes by the collar, which is sending signals to a computer which has a map of Griffith. Every two hours it gives a point where the lion is moving.”
The collar Winters is referring to is a radio-collar he put on the animal in August 2012. That collar is how researchers identified P-22 two years later.
Last fall, National Park Service wildlife biologists told The Los Angeles Times they think P-22 made the trek to the Griffith Park area all the way from the Santa Monica Mountains, about 20 miles west of the area.
Researchers said during that trip, the large cat crossed the 101 and 405 freeways.
“They’re trying to find their own space, that’s where they’re leaving,” Winter said. “It’s [Santa Monica Mountains] not big enough for two or three males.”
Winters said he captured these images to show just how close to wildlife we really are.
“It’s incredibly import to try to illustrate how close we live to animals, even in our urban areas,” he said.
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(DENVER) -- A carjacking suspect led Denver-area police on a wild hour-long chase Wednesday morning, taking three vehicles in succession including one with a 4-year-old boy inside, and injuring a police officer.
“The pursuit started at around 7:12 a.m. in Longmont [Colorado] this morning when Adams County Sheriff department received a call about the stolen vehicle… It ended in Douglas County over an hour later,” Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Nate Reid told ABC News.
Reid said that the suspect struck a Colorado State Patrol trooper on E-470 as he was attempting to stop him. “The trooper is at the hospital now with serious injuries,” Reid told ABC News.
He said that the stolen vehicle that contained the boy has been recovered and the child is safe. The unidentified suspect is also in custody.
ABC News affiliate ABC7 News Denver said that the boy was left in a running red Ford Edge at a Bradley gas station at 1750 Main St. in Longmont just after 6 a.m. and “that surveillance video showed a blond man wearing a yellow and black jacket in the gas station around that time.”
“Around 7:15 a.m. the stolen red minivan was spotted by Adams County Sheriff going southbound Interstate 25 in Thornton. The troopers pursued the vehicle as the suspect got on and off the highway and went through several neighborhoods before getting on Interstate 76,” said Reid.
Aerial video of the pursuit showed the suspect driving at high speed and coming close to hitting several cars while swerving in and out of traffic and at times driving on the shoulder.
The video shows the suspect using the red minivan at E-470 to block a gold minivan. When the two people inside the gold minivan got out, he carjacked it and headed the wrong way on I-76.
Moments later, the suspect sideswiped a silver BMW, then pulled a woman from the driver’s seat to carjack her vehicle. That ended with the car crashing at an intersection into another car and the suspect running off, pursued by police.
“The woman pulled to the ground is doing okay,” said Undersheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas County said during a press conference held after the incident.
“[The suspect] does have a warrant for his arrest and he is facing numerous charges out of Longmont for our incident and all the incidents along the way,” Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department told ABC News affiliate ABC7 News Denver.
“The suspect is in the hospital and we’re trying to find out if intoxication is involved,” said Spurlock.
Satur also said the child was checked by medical personnel and his parents were expected to reunite with him at the Brighton police station.
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