Months after a photo showed a once-majestic looking mountain lion ravaged by a case of mange in Griffith Park, adjacent Glendale is ditching the kind of rat poison linked to the famous cat's condition.
The mountain lion, known as P-22, gained widespread attention earlier this year when a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign revealed a 4-year-old, 125-pound cougar that had made the urban park its home.
A few months later, another remote camera in the park captured an image of a thinner, mangy P-22. Scientists who sedated him and drew blood samples found evidence of exposure to rat poisons.
Researchers suspect the poisons are linked to mange, a parasitic skin disease that causes crusting and skin lesions that afflicts scores of wildlife.
Levine is a staff writer for Times Community News.