Crawlspace April, 2018 (True story)
A mountain lion known among wildlife officials as specimen P-22 was milling about under a home in tony Los Feliz, California, CBS Los Angeles reports. Neighbors and news crews gathered around the home where the animal had gotten cozy in the crawl space, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
P-22 has appeared in pictures in magazines such as National Geographic. It was discovered at the home when a worker with a security company encountered the cat. L.A. Animal Services was called and worker Armando Navarrete ventured below the home, where he came within 10 feet of the animal. He immediately realized this was a matter for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“I should have probably exercised more caution, but I didn’t think it was that severe because we get calls for cats, big cats, and it’s usually a bobcat or a domestic cat,” Navarrete said. “First, it’s disbelief, because you can’t believe it’s actually a mountain lion.”
“I really thought I was being punked,” the homeowner told CBS Los Angeles. “He had gone into the crawl space and came face to-face with the lion. Then, he was up there terrified, saying, ‘Dude, I’ve got to finish this job another day!”‘