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Famous Los Angeles mountain lion refuses to leave home's crawlspace

Jason Archinaco said famed Griffith Park resident mountain lion P-22 was found in his crawlspace by home security installation workers.

By Ben Hooper
Famous Los Angeles mountain lion refuses to leave home's crawlspace
Mountain lion P-22 appears pictured in an undated file photo. Photo by the National Park Service.

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- A famed mountain lion was discovered camping out in the crawlspace beneath a Los Angeles home and the animal refused to emerge.

Jason Archinaco, the owner of the Los Feliz home, said workers installing home security equipment discovered mountain lion P-22 in the crawlspace Monday and animal control officers said the wildcat was too large for their abilities.

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"It's got to be at least 150 pounds!" Archinaco told KNBC-TV of the big cat, which famously made nearby Griffith Park his home about three years ago after crossing two busy freeways.

"I didn't think for two seconds that it was a mountain lion in my house," Archinaco told the Los Angeles Times. "If someone says Big Foot's in your house, you go, 'Yeah,' and you stick your head in there."

California Fish and Wildlife officials responded to the home Monday evening and attempted to force the cougar out of his hiding place with a tennis ball launcher and shooting off bean bag rounds, but the mountain lion refused to budge.

Archinaco said the mountain lion was still under the home as of 1 a.m. Tuesday and the area was cleared in an attempt to make P-22 comfortable enough to come out on his own.

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"We're going to let him settle. We're going to let everything calm down. We're going to be really still and give him time to get out of there," Janice Mackey with California Department of Fish and Wildlife told KABC-TV.

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