Of the many local reports of mountain lions sightings, this is a rare one. When the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies showed up, they actually observed the mountain lion.
At about 9:15 pm Wednesday night, Sept. 2, a mountain lion was reported seen in the vicinity of the 100 block of Cervantes Road in Portola Valley, the Sheriff's Office said.
When deputies arrived, they saw the mountain lion, described as weighing about 100 pound, feeding on a deer carcass.
The lion, deputies said, "subsequently left toward a rural area."
The Sheriff's Office gives the usual precautions:
● 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 dawn, dusk, and at night.
● Keep a close watch on small children.
● 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 www.keepmewild.org for more information.