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Griffith Park mountain lion 'exciting' to some, unsettling to others

August 14, 2012 |  3:13 pm

 

That a mountain lion is now confirmed to be roaming Los Angeles’ Griffith Park didn’t scare away these visitors on Tuesday as a Times reporter caught up with them to ask what they thought about the presence of the cat known as P-22.

Jennifer Fordyce, 39, brought her mother, who was visiting from Minnesota, to the park to enjoy the sun. News of the mountain lion struck her as a "healthy" part of nature.

But Justin and Evelyn Charles, 32 and 27, reacted with a bit more caution as they completed their morning hike. Evelyn called the lion’s presence “scary."

 

Mountain lions, also known as pumas or cougars, tend to be solitary creatures that avoid humans. P-22 has not been sighted near toddlers in Travel Town or riders at the Equestrian Center, and biologists say he's not likely to be.

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