Mountain lion sighting reported in San Mateo County

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SAN MATEO COUNTY (KRON) — A mountain lion sighting was reported in San Mateo County Wednesday night, according to San Mateo County’s Alert System.

A person reported the sighting near the 1000 block of San Carlos Avenue in El Granada at around 5:20 p.m.

The person said he or she saw the animal in an open-space area, but it then retreated to a rural area, the alert said.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area, but did not find the animal, the alert said.

Here are some tips from San Mateo County officials:

While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep you and your family safe:

• Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.

• 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 through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night.

• Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.

• 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.

• Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey to a mountain lion.

• For more information about mountain lions click here www.keepmewild.org 

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