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Mountain lion and cub reportedly spotted in Portola Valley

Animals reportedly seen in 5900 block of Alpine road Wednesday

A mountain lion with a cub was reportedly seen in Portola Valley Wednesday night, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

The cats were spotted near the driveway of a property under construction in the 5900 block of Alpine Road at about 8 p.m., officials said.

Residents are advised to never approach a mountain lion or go near a mountain lion cub. Most mountain lions avoid confrontation with humans. Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face the animal, make noise, and try to appear larger by waving arms and throwing rocks, emergency officials said.

More information about mountain lions is available at www.keepmewild.org.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by karen robinson, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Sep 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hope people read Parks information about mountain lions. Very informative. Indigenous people know that animals were here before people. It was the animals who taught us how to live. We need to respect and protect our animal brothers. We also need to be very patient with them.


Posted by Ol' Homeboy, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Is it OK for non-residents to approach a mountain lion or go near a mountain lion cub? Jest wunderin'?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm

"Is it OK for non-residents to approach a mountain lion or go near a mountain lion cub?"

Sure, go ahead. Let usknow how that works out for you.


Posted by Farnsworth, a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

Everyone should indubitably understand is that these perdators eat people once the deer population are exhausted. Male deer used to be harvested each Autumn. But land trusts and other circumstances have limited their harvest and increased deer population and its respective predators. Since the deer are exhausting the carrying capacity of their habitat, they are coming into neighborhoods and being followed by their predators. The 'patient' mountain lions will eat anything, including humans to feed its cute young. Either dominate the species or become its victim. Romanticism can also be naive. Oh brother...indeed.


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