P-22, Griffith Park Mountain Lion, Looking Healthy Again: Photos

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Griffith Park's mascot, P-22, has gone from a mange-infested puma in 2014 to his healthy self again, as a recent image shows. (Credit: National Park Service)

Two years ago, the mug shots of the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 were unflattering at best.

Remote cameras in the park captured him in 2014 looking thin and sickly, his face distorted by mange. But these days, he’s a good-looking, healthy guy, the National Park Service said Thursday.

The 6-year-old puma was captured and examined by biologists in December, and he appears to have fully recovered from a serious bout of mange, said Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The skin lesions and scabs that covered his body and face are gone, and he has gained 15 pounds since his last capture, Sikich said.

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