Mountain Lion Sightings
Original post made by Angela Hey on Jan 3, 2007
My husband, a biker, the jogger and I all saw the mountain lion as it crept up the hill.
We walked to the Alpine Inn then returned back up Alpine Road. On the way back another animal was seen - I said Miaow - and I've never seen a bobcat run so fast - it was about 15 yards from the fence in the same field where we'd seen the mountain lion.
As we were walking up Alpine we met a man who'd seen a juvenile Mountain Lion on Bear Gulch.
Another Westridge resident that I met at the gym said she'd had a deer head and ribs left in her driveway a couple of months ago.
This is the first time I'd ever seen a Mountain Lion in the wild - it didn't run away fast as I expected - instead it kept staring at us - we saw it for about 10 minutes before it disappeared over the horizon.
So be careful if you have small children or dogs - keep them in your sight.
on Jan 11, 2007 at 11:18 am
Do people ever see them up at the Dish???
on Jan 12, 2007 at 4:08 pm
What a moment, to have a face-to-face encounter with a mountain lion who, rather than looking away, studies you, too.
I occasionally imagine a lion watching me from the trees at night as I walk by San Francisquito Creek in Menlo Park, and how I might react if it jumped down onto Creek Drive to confront me.
(Please ... don't tell me what to do in facing a lion; I know what to do. I just like to imagine how I might feel and how that would affect what I might do in the moment.)
on Jan 18, 2007 at 6:40 am
Very glad you broached this topic.
Last September I was hiking in Wunderlich County Park in the early morning, and found a stripped deer leg with hoof on the Alambique trail (just below The Crossroads).
On another occasion last Spring, I hiked within about 6 feet of a *very* hostile-looking bobcat on the Betsy Crowder trail in Windy Hill OSP. I'm pretty sure I caught him by surprise. Perhaps he was unable to detect my approach for some reason (e.g., nerve damage from a virus).