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News - August 27, 2014

Multiple mountain lion reports in Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it has received reports of multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley in recent days, 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: at 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.

Go to keepmewild.org for more information.

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