Officials Think LA Mountain Lion Entered Zoo, Killed Koala

'The evidence is circumstantial'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2016 4:24 PM CST
Officials Think LA Mountain Lion Entered Zoo, Killed Koala
This Nov. 2014 file photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22.   (National Park Service, via AP, File)

Officials believe P-22, a wild mountain lion that prowls a sprawling Los Angeles park, made a meal of a koala found mauled to death at the city's zoo, the AP reports. Zoo director John Lewis said this week that workers found the koala's body outside its pen March 3. The big, 7-year-old male cougar was spotted on surveillance video from the same night. "The evidence is circumstantial. We don’t have any video of it taking the koala. We can’t say 100%," Lewis tells the Los Angeles Times.

Zoo workers are now taking extra precautions, such as locking up smaller animals in barns at night. Lewis says the zoo will learn to adapt to the wild cougar, just like it has learned to adapt to the zoo. P-22 wears a tracking collar and was famously photographed near the Hollywood sign for National Geographic. He lives in Griffith Park, which covers 4,355 acres of rugged wilderness surrounded by urban sprawl. (More mountain lion stories.)

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