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