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Woodside woman spots mountain lion on her porch

The lion was there about 15 minutes, the woman said

A Woodside resident reported seeing a mountain lion at 9 a.m. this morning on the porch of her home in the 200 block of Mountain Wood Lane, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.

The lion was on the porch about 15 minutes, the woman told deputes. When deputies arrived, the mountain lion left the porch and ran into the hills, they said.

A separate mountain lion sighting took place on Sunday in the same area. That lion had two cubs with it, the Sheriff's Office said.

Most lions avoid confrontation, but the Sheriff's Office gives these tips for people who see a mountain lion:

n Avoid approaching the mountain lion, especially if it is feeding or has offspring with it.

n If you do encounter one, face it, make noise, try to look bigger by waving your hands and throw rocks or other objects. Keep a close watch on small children.

n Avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and night, when mountain lions are most active.

Bay City News Service

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Why do people call the cops when they see a mountain lion? What law is the lion breaking? Is it trespassing? Speeding? Vandalizing?


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Posted by John
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

There's going to be more of this as mtn. lions have to expand their territory due to population expansion. This is because the lions currently have no natural predators. Unfortunately, their numbers will eventually have to be culled by hunting. Beautiful animals, but when they get too hungry they may salivate after humans.


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

I've always had a large sign on my back porch saying 'No Mountain Lions Allowed.' I've never had any problems.


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Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm

The mountain lion was on her front porch for 15 minutes and she did not take a picture?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

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Unless these individual mountain lions are taught by aggressive non-lethal measures to once again fear humans and therefore avoid human contact there will be no alternative but to kill them. That is a horrible and unnecessary outcome.

Learn from history - read about how Boulder Co ignored this problem until someone was killed and then how it developed an aggressive program of reintroducing fear of humans into these animals:

The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron


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Posted by Give it a Rest
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

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@Peter, I get that your position purports to actually save rather than risk more mountain lion lives.

However, the problem though is generally with humans and our ever-encroaching development -- not the natural fauna.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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Give it a rest - my position is that we should learn from history, i.e. Beast in the Garden, rather than repeating the mistakes made elsewhere.


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Posted by La Hondan
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm

I keep scratching my head every time I read of someone calling the police because they saw a mountain lion. There's nothing the police can (or should) do. The reality is that if you live in the Santa Cruz Mountains (and the foothills) there are mountain lions in your neighborhood EVERY DAY. They use the creeks as their main path of travel. Most of the time you don't see them. But they are there. People in La Honda see them all the time (and they show up on the myriad of wildlife cameras that people out here have put up.) You should take precautions EVERY DAY. But we don't call the cops every time we see wildlife (except maybe when the wild life at Apple Jack's gets out of hand...)


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