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Reports: Multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it has received reports of multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley, including a report of seeing three mountain lions in the vicinity of Westridge Drive and Cervantes Road in Portola Valley at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

In addition, a mountain lion was reported sighted around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the 800 block of Portola Road and around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, near Hayfields Road, county officials said.

Residents are advised to avoid hiking when mountain lions are most active -- at dawn, dusk or at night -- and to keep a close watch on small

children.

Here is advice from the California Department of Fish and Game on what to do when spotting a 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.

● Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active — dawn, dusk, and at night.

● 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, go to www.keepmewild.org.

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Posted by pvrez
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

i'm hitting the challenge button on the report of three mountain lions in close proximity at the same time - way more likely they were misidentified deer or coyote


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

or multiple sightings of the same mountain lion.


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Posted by keep em wild!
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

hi--nope--not deer...they were mountain lions! most likely a female and her two cubs. offspring generally learn how to hunt from their mother during this time of year. cubs stay with mom until 20 months of age, and sometimes until 36 months. california concolor are solitary hunters. our california cats generally do not hunt in packs like we see on discovery channel on the african plains. when multiple cats are seen together at once, it usually means it's a mother and her cubs.


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