2017-04-20 / Family

Learn about the cat that changed America

Documentary on P-22 cat to screen in Oak Park tonight

P22 photo courtesy of Steve Winter P22 photo courtesy of Steve Winter To celebrate Earth Day, there will be a special screening of “The Cat That Changed America” film at 7 p.m. today, April 20, at Oak Park High School, 899 Kanan Road.

Several residents, wildlife advocates and Poison Free Malibu are featured in the movie and will participate in a Q&A session after the screening.

“The Cat that Changed America” portrays the story of P22, the most famous mountain lion in the world.

The lone puma lives in Griffith Park, right in the heart of Los Angeles. He was born in the Santa Monica Mountains, and crossed the 405 and the 101 freeways, before he settled in the park.

Yet P22 is now trapped, hemmed in by roadways and urban sprawl, with little chance of ever finding a mate.

The documentary film explores the mountain lion’s plight and the development of the wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Conservationists are working to raise $50 million dollars for to build the wildlife crossing and help bring more genetic diversity for the local mountain lion population.

Sylvie Belmond

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