By Bay City News Service
Just as county officials prepared to reopen a San Mateo County park that was shut down after hikers were confronted by two aggressive mountain lions over the weekend, another big cat was seen in a nearby residential area Wednesday night, prompting a new round of warnings from wildlife officials.
Pescadero Creek County Park near La Honda was closed to the public after two brothers reported the encounter late Sunday afternoon.
The brothers were hiking near Camp Pomponio Road when one of the brothers was confronted by an aggressive mountain lion, according to the state Department of Fish and Game.
He began shouting and picked up a large stick and swung it at the animal. His brother came to his aid and noticed a second lion.
The brothers eventually fended off the mountain lions but said the confrontation lasted two to four minutes, which fish and game officials said is "highly unusual" behavior for mountain lions.
On Monday and Tuesday, wildlife officials tried unsuccessfully to locate and kill the two big cats. The search was called off Tuesday afternoon after it was determined that the mountain lions had likely left the park.
At 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, a mountain lion was seen near the 100 block of Recreation Drive in La Honda, according to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.
Residents are warned not to approach the animals, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will avoid confrontation with humans, according to the Department of Fish and Game.
Pescadero Creek County Park reopened to the public at 8 a.m. today (Feb. 4).
Park visitors should report any mountain lion sightings to the San Mateo County park dispatch at (650) 363-4020.
For tips on what to do if confronted by mountain lions or other threatening wild animals, visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/.