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Woodside resident scares off mountain lion attacking her dog on Wednesday night

A mountain lion reportedly attacked a Woodside resident's dog on Wednesday night. File photo.

A mountain lion is believed to have attacked a dog in Woodside on March 17 at around 9:45 p.m., according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Contrary to previous information released by the county, the dog survived.

A resident who lives near Raymundo and Marva Oaks drives, drove onto her lawn and honked at the mountain lion to scare it off after hearing a commotion, said Rosemerry Blankswade, the Sheriff's public information officer in a video.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries, she said.

The Mountain lion had to climb a 6 foot deer fence to get onto the property, the owner told the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies couldn't find the mountain lion, according to a press release.

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The Sheriff's Office notified the Fish and Wildlife warden of the suspected attack. Deputies will conduct additional passing checks of the area.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife last estimated in 1996 that there were between 4,000 and 6,000 mountain lions in the state. In 2014, the department began to update that estimate and anticipates completing the effort within a few years.

Mountain lion attacks on people are rare. There have only been 18 verified incidents since 1986, according to the state.

"Statistically speaking, a person is 1,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a mountain lion," according to the Fish and Wildlife Department.

The Sheriff's Office said they believe this was an isolated incident.

If you see a mountain lion in or near your neighborhood, use caution and call the Sheriff's Office to report the sighting at 650-363-4911. Tips for making your property safer and for what to do in an encounter with a mountain lion are at wildlife.ca.gov.

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Woodside resident scares off mountain lion attacking her dog on Wednesday night

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Uploaded: Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 10:52 am
Updated: Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 1:13 pm

A mountain lion is believed to have attacked a dog in Woodside on March 17 at around 9:45 p.m., according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Contrary to previous information released by the county, the dog survived.

A resident who lives near Raymundo and Marva Oaks drives, drove onto her lawn and honked at the mountain lion to scare it off after hearing a commotion, said Rosemerry Blankswade, the Sheriff's public information officer in a video.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries, she said.

The Mountain lion had to climb a 6 foot deer fence to get onto the property, the owner told the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies couldn't find the mountain lion, according to a press release.

The Sheriff's Office notified the Fish and Wildlife warden of the suspected attack. Deputies will conduct additional passing checks of the area.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife last estimated in 1996 that there were between 4,000 and 6,000 mountain lions in the state. In 2014, the department began to update that estimate and anticipates completing the effort within a few years.

Mountain lion attacks on people are rare. There have only been 18 verified incidents since 1986, according to the state.

"Statistically speaking, a person is 1,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a mountain lion," according to the Fish and Wildlife Department.

The Sheriff's Office said they believe this was an isolated incident.

If you see a mountain lion in or near your neighborhood, use caution and call the Sheriff's Office to report the sighting at 650-363-4911. Tips for making your property safer and for what to do in an encounter with a mountain lion are at wildlife.ca.gov.

Comments

casey
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Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:25 pm
casey, Menlo Park: University Heights
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:25 pm

Your photo caption and headline said the dog was killed. The story indicates the dog is expected to make a full recovery. Which is it?


Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer
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another community
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer, another community
Registered user
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm

@casey updated! An earlier version of the story, based on an earlier county news alert, said the dog had died.


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Portola Valley: other
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm
Notes, Portola Valley: other
Registered user
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm

I'm very glad the dog is going to be ok, but this really can't be too unexpected given how close the area is to Huddart Park, and the time of day. As well, a 6 foot fence is nothing to a big cat---no need to climb. They just jump it, very easily. A bobcat can do that.


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