Festival to pay tribute to Griffith Park wildcat

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LOS ANGELES — The National Wildlife Federation’s #SaveLACougars campaign announced that its annual festival, honoring the mountain lion that was photographed walking at night near the famous Hollywood sign, will go virtual this year.

The federation said it engaged a team of developers to create a custom virtual platform at www.urbanwildlifeweek.org that will allow people to safely attend the free event, “P-22’s Wildlife Wonderland,” from their homes Oct. 24.

Last year’s P-22 Day Festival in Griffith Park drew more than 8,000 people, according to organizers.

The event will be open to people from throughout the world and will allow participants to create their own wildlife avatar and use it to help a virtual version of the famed mountain lion, whom biologists suspect has crossed both the San Diego (405) and Hollywood (101) freeways, organizers said.

The event will also include a performance by the Grammy-nominated Black Pumas and appearances by John “Griff” Griffith of Animal Planet’s “Wild Jobs” show, actress Julia Butters of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, along with hundreds of exhibits, a kids’ activity area, virtual walks and wildlife art lessons.