SoCal's famous mountain lion recovers from mange

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- Southern California's most famous mountain lion has made a remarkable recovery after suffering from a severe bout of mange.

Researchers recaptured "P-22" back in December in Griffith Park and found he'd beaten the disease after he was exposed to rat poison.

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"He's gained some weight, his tail has filled out, and he no longer has skin lesions and scabs across his body and face," Jeff Sikich, a biologist with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said. "It's highly likely that he continues to be exposed to rat poison, but for now he seems to be managing."

P-22 famously graced the December 2013 cover of "National Geographic" after he was spotted roaming near the Hollywood sign.

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The now 6-year-old mountain lion also built a den under a home in Los Feliz.

Researchers are happy to report P-22 now weighs about 15 pounds more than his previous capture.
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