The free tickets for the celebration of life honoring the legendary mountain lion P-22 at Griffith Park’s Greek Theatre were all claimed just a few hours after the reservation window opened on Monday, according to organizers.
The reservation window for the Feb. 4 event opened at 9 a.m. on Ticketmaster on Monday, and event organizers announced shortly before 1 p.m. that there were no more tickets available.
“We are truly sorry if you didn’t get tickets,” the nonprofit National Wildlife Federation announced in a social media post.
The good news is that the memorial will be livestreamed and recorded.
The mountain lion P-22, who lived in the heart of Los Angeles for more than a decade and became the face of an international campaign to save Southern California’s threatened pumas, was euthanized Saturday.
P-22’s memorial at the Greek Theatre will be held Feb. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. and is an opportunity for the public to “come together respectfully to collectively celebrate and grieve P-22,” according to the event organizers.
The event will include musical performances, dancing and food, according to the nonprofit. Tickets will be required for entrance. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and parking is $20.
“Let’s come together as a community to celebrate his remarkable life,” said Beth Pratt, California executive director with the National Wildlife Federation. “Joining us will be special guests speaking about their connections to P-22 — and how he also connected us all.”
The big cat roamed the hills around the Greek Theatre’s outdoor venue and nearby neighborhoods for more than a decade. Biologists with the National Park Service tracked P-22’s route with a radio collar, but residents also noticed him as he graced numerous backyards and walked along neighborhood streets and when their doorbell cameras captured his image.
Our readers mourn P-22 and reflect on the famous mountain lion’s impact and what we can do now for his threatened species.
In November, P-22 attacked and killed a leashed Chihuahua while the dog was out for a walk in the Hollywood Hills. He tried to attack another Chihuahua and his owner during a separate encounter in early December.
State officials announced they would capture P-22 for a medical evaluation. But before they could locate him, he was hit by a vehicle and found ailing in a Los Feliz backyard. State officials decided to euthanize P-22 on Dec. 17 because he was suffering from numerous health issues, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
At 12 years old, he was considered geriatric by mountain lion standards.
Famously, P-22 made the trek to Griffith Park after crossing the 405 and 101 freeways. He was first introduced to the world in a Times story in 2012 after he was captured on a motion-activated trail camera in the park.
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Nathan Solis is a Metro reporter covering breaking news at the Los Angeles Times. He previously worked for Courthouse News Service, where he wrote both breaking news and enterprise stories ranging from criminal justice to homelessness and politics. Before that, Solis was at the Redding Record Searchlight as a multimedia journalist, where he anchored coverage of the destructive 2017 fires in Northern California. Earlier in his career, he worked for Eastsider L.A.
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