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Mountain Lion Spotted Monday Night

The animal was seen around 6 p.m. in Portola Valley.

A mountain lion was spotted near a business in Portola Valley on Monday night, according to San Mateo County emergency officials.

An off-duty Peninsula Humane Society officer saw the creature at about 6 p.m. in the 800 block of Portola Road.

Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not find the mountain lion.

If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.
  • Pick up small children.

For more information about mountain lions click here www.keepmewild.org

Dan January 09, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Just two days ago in southern California DGF officials showed they truly are exploring better options of dealing with mountain lions and they tranquillized and relocated a mountain lion. I was very pleased and am proud that they seem to be learning from their mistakes.
Elaine January 10, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Ther is definitely a mountain lion in that area -- my dogs smell that area and refuse to walk there-- and they have no problem hiking in coyote or bobcat territory. I do think we need a better system for tracking them and scaring them away. Maybe a quick tranquilizer for cops to carry? A true "stun gun" for animals and humans.
Michele January 14, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Carla I agree with you 100%!! We need to find a better way to remove them from the area besides killing them. They don't want to be around us but we left them no choice but to come in to our backyards. I think they are beautiful animals and DO NOT DESERVE TO BE KILLED!!!!
Hector January 30, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Do any of you have young kids?
Dan January 30, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Hector, yes. Just means we have to be responsible parents that acknowledge that we chose to live in a community with wildlife. You could always try moving to a more urban area where mountain lions and wildlife don't "threaten" you.

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