MAR 15, 2016 04:55 PM PDT

Mountain Lion Attack to Blame for Koala Death in CA Zoo?

Los Angeles Zoo recently suffered an unfortunate tragedy when its zookeepers discovered the carcass of one of its koalas that was 14 years of age.
 
The investigation goes on, although without proper video footage to reveal who the attacker was, speculation is all the Zoo has to go by. Nevertheless, there is circumstantial evidence to suggest that it was the work of P-22, a mountain lion that is well-known in the Griffith Park area.
 

P-22, a mountain lion well-known around the Griffith Park area, is thought to be behind the vicious mauling.


According to those familiar with the event, the mountain lion was spotted around the area on the night of the unfortunate koala’s mauling.
 
Jeff Sikich, a biologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area, suggests that mountain lion attack calls have been more prevalent within the last year likely because of human landscaping and habitation taking away from the homestead of the animals.
 
With that being said, the number of mountain lions probably isn’t increasing in the area, because the population is pretty well regulated by those licensed to put down potential threats and by fellow mountain lions, which attach others over territory.
 
This is not the first time that mountain lions have been responsible for killing domestic animals; it’s something that occurs every so often and the LA Times reports local mountain lions can be quite terroristic and have been known to kill up to ten domestic animals at a time while only eating one.
 
Zoos like Los Angeles Zoo need to take extra measures to ensure that they keep their animals protected from mountain lions. By having an open top to the cages, it allows the mountain lions to simply leap right into the cage and the victim animal has nowhere to go.
 
It’s still unknown what is to become of P-22, but without any evidence to suggest it was the fault of the mountain lion, officials are unlikely to do anything about it. Instead, the Zoo will just need to toughen its animals’ security to keep them safer.

Source: Los Angeles Times

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 03, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
JUL 03, 2018
Sequencing of Koala Genome Provides Insight Into the Unique Species
Koalas are fascinating animals, and their populations have proven difficult to manage. New work will change that....
JUL 16, 2018
Plants & Animals
JUL 16, 2018
Social Fish At a Higher Risk of Being Caught by Anglers, Study Finds
Many people go fishing in their spare time, whether it’s for dinner or for sport. But have you ever stopped to think about why some fish take the bai...
JUL 19, 2018
Health & Medicine
JUL 19, 2018
Tracking Tick-Borne Disease
Every summer the concern about tick-borne diseases runs high. Lyme disease, which is carried by ticks, is quickly becoming a major public health concern. T...
JUL 24, 2018
Plants & Animals
JUL 24, 2018
Dogs With Undesirable Traits Die Young, Study Finds
Dogs are one of the most common choices regarding family pet selection. But despite just how sweet and loving most family canines are, many never have a ch...
JUL 25, 2018
Plants & Animals
JUL 25, 2018
Do Lizards Respond to Hurricanes With Rapid Natural Selection?
Do hurricanes induce rapid natural selection in tropical lizard populations? That's the latest idea that Harvard University researchers are bearing in mind...
AUG 21, 2018
Plants & Animals
AUG 21, 2018
2018: An Unlucky Year for Manatees?
Concerned animal conservationists have taken the stage to warn about some somewhat unsettling news in the marine mammal world. As it would seem, there&rsqu...
Loading Comments...