Mountain lion refuses to leave crawl space beneath house

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LOS ANGELES — Animal control officers are still trying to lure a mountain lion out from a crawl space under a house in a  Los Angeles neighborhood.

The mountain lion was collared more than three years ago and is known among wildlife officials as “Specimen P-22.”

P-22 was captured on camera strolling through the city park with the Hollywood Sign in the background in  high-quality photos that were published in National Geographic in November 2013, according to KTLA.

Home security technicians spotted the animal again while installing equipment on Monday.

Animal control officers shot non-lethal bean bag rounds at him and attempted to poke him with a stick.

Officials told KTLA P-22 “is not in a position to tranquilize.”

Janice Mackey of the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA the mountain lion is too deep in the crawl space and is hidden behind something, which would make tranquilizing him difficult.

“The only thing you can see is the tip of his tail and his eyes above,” Mackey told KTLA.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tweeted Tuesday morning that there was still no sign of P-22 under the home.

The mountain lion was last photographed in December of 2014.