Mountain Lions Pop Up Again in Half Moon Bay

The Sheriff's Office and Department of Fish and Game are stepping in.


Two mountain lion cubs made their second appearance in less than 24 hours in Half Moon Bay on Saturday afternoon, San Mateo county emergency officials said.

The pair of cubs were seen at 12:31 p.m. near San Benito and Miramontes 
streets, emergency officials said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and state Department of Fish 
and Game are responding to the sighting, officials said.

There was a previous sighting of the two cubs Friday evening about a block away, in the 800 block of Correas Street around 5:45 p.m., emergency officials said.

Officials warn, 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.

Officials offer these 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, try to look bigger by waving your arms, and throw rocks or other objects.
  • Pick up small children.

For more information about mountain lions, visit www.keepmewild.org.

Christa Bigue December 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Corri, I sure hope they move on, too, but if you see them again and are able to get some photos, please email them to me at christa.bigue@patch.com. Patch would sure love to have some "real" photos to use instead of our "stock" ones. Thank you!
George Muteff December 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Corri, were you able to sex the cubs? I ask because with what you say that means that we now have 4 cougars on the coast; the male I mentioned above, the 2 cubs were talking about here, and Mom, who has so far been shy - but I doubt that will last; particularly if she thinks someone is messing with her babies..and those 2 may not be all of her current cubs. If both sighted cubs are male, they may move on; but if there is a female in the bunch we're likely to see more in the future. I doubt that anyone has any problem understanding and believing that with the 'introduction of' and the expansion of cougars here on the coast that it's simply a matter of time before their paths cross our paths in a not so cute manner. They are cute though - if they'd just stay that way..... Thanks for your input Corri and good luck over there.
George Muteff December 04, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Saw this http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_22117994/mountain-lion-cubs-half-moon-bay-shot-wardens this morning. As you can see, this story and the Patch story don't match. How could this happen and we not know? With this piece, I now have questions I didn't have before. Seeing the "stock" photo here, I was under the impression the cubs were quite young. Reading the piece I linked, however, makes it seem the cubs weren't as young as thought. From the piece; "The lions looked to be perhaps 9 months old and thin for their age, around 25-30 pounds, Mackey said." Those are good sized cubs and are big enough to hunt on their own, but that is also a reasonable size to trap and relocate. Also according to the linked piece; "The animals had been prowling near downtown Half Moon Bay for some time, Mackey said, possibly feeding on pets in the area." All the more curious as to why they weren't trapped and relocated. A large part of trapping an animal is knowing their habits, their trails, their likes and dislikes. Seems to me that if it had been known for some time that they were there, that would increase the likelihood for a successful trapping. Seems authorities could have at least tried trapping. The only thing it would have required that apparently wasn't used is time. This is disappointing news.
wolfone December 05, 2012 at 08:19 PM
George, I read her comment and no where did I get that she kidnapped the cubs and relocated them? Well now their dead. Killed by State murders under the guise of Fish & Wildlife. RIP little cubs.
George Muteff December 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I'm not sure I understand your comments, wolfone; but then it appears irrelevant at this point anyway. Jo and I seem to have worked out any misunderstanding there may have been, yet it appears that isn't good enough for you. The old saying of leave sleeping dogs lie might fit here. It appears that your sole intention with this post was to rant. Feel better now? Have a nice day, wolfone.


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