Woodside: Two cougar sightings in six hours


A mountain lion sighting was reported in Woodside early Friday morning (March 4), the second such sighting in about six hours, according to San Mateo County emergency officials.

The cougar was spotted at about 12:05 a.m. in the vicinity of High and Woodside roads, officials said.

Another sighting was reported further south in Woodside at about 6 p.m. Thursday. That animal was seen in the vicinity of 359 Preston Road near state Highway 84, according to emergency officials.

Residents are advised not to approach mountain lions, and should avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and night, when the animals are most active, officials said.

In the event of a mountain lion encounter, emergency officials advise residents to try to appear large and make noise.

More information about mountain lions can be found at

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Posted by Dickson
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Mar 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The fact is that because mountain lions have no natural predators anymore (hunting them by humans is prohibited -- unless, I suppose it's shown that one attacked a human), they will keep reproducing. Because they enforce their territories, the young ones will need to find new territories, and that will often be in semi-urban areas. This is a recipe for eventual attacks -- keep your dogs, cats and kids (and yourself) out of harm's way.

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Posted by bob
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The mountian lions were here before the community exploded in growth , I don't think the mountion lion population has increased, people are living close to nature. This what you get. If you live in an area where there are deer, you will probably have a mountion lion sighting.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Bob, you & Dickson are both right: mountain lions were here before us & man has built into the hills & mountains as well as the baylands so we're closer to them than we used to be.

But experts believe that due to no natural predators besides us & the hunting of them isn't allowed (except by officials mandated) that their population in Calif has increased.

It's also true that the males need a large turf which they protect, killing or driving out younger males. It's unfortunately hard to dart, track & relocate them safely, for a variety of reasons. It's a problem that will likely get worse.

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Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

One day a human being will get killed by one of these beasts and all of the 'the cougars were here first' and 'they just need to eat' folks will disappear for awhile. We need to kill either all of them or enough so we don't see them anymore which will take another state prop. We are collectively ridiculous about this issue. We don't live in the Sierras.

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Posted by Cougars prowling
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

I saw a couple the other night, on woodside road near hudson, in a dive listening to music.

Kinda cute, too...

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Posted by VR Viking
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

Fun place.

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