More mountain lion sightings in San Mateo County

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SAN MATEO COUNTY (KRON) — Two more mountain lion sightings in San Mateo County are prompting a warning for residents to take precautions when outdoors.

A big cat was seen Thursday around 8 p.m. near the 11000 block of La Honda Road, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Services. Also on Thursday, witnesses reported seeing a mountain lion near Loma Mar Avenue and Pescadero Creek Road in Loma Mar.

County officials say mountain lions are most active at dawn, dusk, and at night so they advise residents to avoid hiking and jogging during these times.

Officials also say that most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation, so residents are being reminded not to approach the animal if they see one, especially if it is feeding or with its offspring.

In the event of a mountain lion encounter, residents are advised not to run and instead face the animal, make noise, and try to look bigger by waving hands and arms. Throwing rocks and other objects can help scare off the animal, county officials say.

Thursday’s sightings are the latest among several in San Mateo County in recent weeks.

On July 14, a mountain lion was spotted with its cub near Old La Honda and Portola roads in Woodside.

And on July 11, a witness reported seeing a mountain lion near the 4100 block of Jefferson Avenue in Redwood City.

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