HILLSBOROUGH (KRON) — Hillsborough police are warning residents about a mountain lion sighting on Monday night, according to Lt. Nelson T. Corteway.
The sighting was reported at around 10:41 p.m. on Parrott Drive. A resident captured surveillance footage of the lion.
Corteway said Hillsborough is a natural habitat for mountain lions.
Police have released the following tips regarding mountain lions:
- 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.