A mountain lion was spotted this morning near Redwood City, San Mateo County emergency services officials said.
The big cat was seen from a distance from residences in the area of the first block of West Summit Drive in the Emerald Lake Hills neighborhood around 7:30 a.m., county emergency officials said.
The homes are located east of Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve.
Mountain lions tend to avoid confrontation and people who encounter one are advised to not approach or run from it, county emergency officials said.
If anyone faces a mountain lion, they should pick up small children and appear larger by waving their arms, making noises and throwing objects at the animal, according to county emergency officials.
Emergency services officials also said no one should approach a lion that is feeding with offspring.
People should also avoid hiking or jogging during dawn, dusk and night hours when mountain lions are most active, county emergency officials said.