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
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.