Police Address Concerns After Two Mountain Lion Sightings on Peninsula in One Week

"We take this concern seriously..." San Mateo police said Tuesday.

By Bay City News Service: 
With two mountain lion sightings in less than a week in residential areas of San Mateo, police issued a message Tuesday addressing the safety concerns of residents.

 "We take this concern seriously and we are working closely with our partners at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and our neighboring jurisdictions to ensure quick communication and coordination of public alerts and action in the event a mountain lion presents a threat to our community," San Mateo police said in a statement.

 According to police, the first big cat sighting took place at about 1 a.m. on July 1 near a backyard on Fernwood Street. Police found a deer carcass in the area that they said was likely killed by the mountain lion.

 The second sighting was in an unincorporated area San Mateo on Queens Lane at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

 Police said that because of the city's proximity to open space areas populated by wildlife, interactions with mountain lions and other non-domesticated animals are a regularly occurring safety concern.

 Given the two recent sightings, police ask residents to follow several safety tips.
To avoid a mountain lion encounter, residents should avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas at dusk, dawn and at night, when mountain lions are most active, and should keep a close watch over children.

 Residents should not leave pet food or any other food outside at night that would attract wild animals.

 Anyone who encounters a mountain lion is advised not to run, and should instead face the animal, make a noise and try to look bigger by waving, throwing rocks or other objects at the animal. For more information on mountain lions, people can visit www.keepmewild.org.

Rusty Hopewell July 09, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Please leave these predators in place. The deer population can use a little pressure.
B July 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM
This article was remiss in its omission of bicyclists. A fast bicycle going down a trail can trigger a prey drive in a big cat - and should not be allowed in areas where these predators make their home. I see bicyclists all the time at dusk in these open space areas. Why would a wildlife issue be the purview of the police department? - I often think the police respond inappropriately and too aggressively in these situations; not because they mean to, but because they are not wildlife experts. How about using some common sense and calling in people with training and experience who can come up with solutions that don't involve anyone - including the mountain lion- getting hurt.
Jim Clifford July 09, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Good points.


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