Woodside, Portola Valley and parts of Atherton are mountain lion country and, as has been documented more than once on these pages, resident have had close encounters.
A lion attacked a goat in a Portola Valley back yard in February, only to be scared off by the homeowner. In March, a lion casually strolled up the front steps and through the yard of a Woodside psychotherapist's home while she was in session, with the result that she put up a warning in her waiting room.
Lion sightings have been up significantly in The Almanac's circulation area. Does your yard or deck have occasional visits by a tawny 150-pound feline with a vertical leap capability of 12 feet to 15 feet? Do you have questions about living where lions also roam?
The talk, titled "Mountain Lions: Elusive Residents of the Bay Area," is meant to help people understand the role of the big cats in the region's ecosystem.
Yiwei Wang, a humane society volunteer and doctoral student in the Bay Area Puma Project, will deliver the talk. It will include a brief history of the relationship between people and mountain lions in California, as well as tips on coexisting safely with the animals.
The Humane Society requests a donation of $5. Call Amy Differding at 340-7022, ext. 369, for more information.