Wildlife Week celebrates local cougar hero

COOL CAT—Steve Winter’s famous P-22 Hollywood photo.

COOL CAT—Steve Winter’s famous P-22 Hollywood photo.

October is a busy time for the #SaveLACougars movement.

Next Sun., Oct. 13, the National Wildlife Federation will host an open house at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, which will provide up-to-date information about the proposed wildlife bridge across the 101 Freeway in Liberty Canyon.

A 3-D model of the 200-foot, animals-only overpass will be shown to the public. The open house will take place from 3 until 5 p.m. at the ranch visitor center, 26800 W. Mulholland Hwy.

On Oct. 15, the wildlife federation’s regional executive director, Bett Pratt, will lead a five-day, 50-mile trek that retraces the likely footsteps that P-22 took in its now famous journey from the Santa Monica Mountains, across the 101 and 405 freeways, and into Griffith Park, where it now lives.

The big male cougar was featured in the iconic 2013 National Geographic photograph with the Hollywood sign in the background, shown above.

The hikers will kick off their commemorative journey at the future site of the Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing. The less adventurous can participate in just the first four miles of the walk from Liberty Canyon to King Gillette Ranch. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

The National Wildlife Federation’s fourth annual P-22 Day Festival returns to Griffith Park on Sat., Oct. 19.

More than 6,000 people attended last year’s festival, presented by the National Wildlife Federation, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Santa Mountains National Recreation Area, Friends of Griffith Park, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

The Agoura events and the Griffith Park festival—which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19—are part of the week-long celebration for the federation’s 2019 Urban Wildlife Week.

For details about the events, visit urbanwildlifeweek.org.

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