Councilmember David Ryu's statement on P22 (mountain lion) incident at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Office of Councilmember David E. Ryu
Statement on P22 Mountain Lion
“Griffith Park is the largest natural wilderness within the City of Los Angeles, containing numerous and distinct ecosystems that house various native plants and wildlife species. The park is considered an essential link in Southern California’s wildlife corridor, stretching from Santa Monica to the Verdugo Mountain Ranges.”
“Griffith Park was originally envisioned as a natural escape from urban pressures. It’s absolutely critical that we preserve Griffith Park as a linchpin in the survival of Southern California’s native ecosystems.”
“The incident at the Los Angeles Zoo is unfortunate; however, relocating P22 would not be in the best interest of protecting our wildlife species. Mountain lions are a part of the natural habitat of Griffith Park and the adjacent hillsides.”
“As our City continues to grow, wildlife and humans are increasingly competing for space, resources, and places to call home. Many of these species play a critical role in creating healthier ecosystems that benefit us all.”
“It is crucial to identify solutions to co-exist so we can ultimately prioritize the safety of our wildlife and the public.”
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.