PACIFICA (KRON) — A mountain lion was spotted by a Pacifica resident around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
The mountain lion was in a wooded area in the 1200 block of Crespi Drive.
The wild cat did not appear injured, or aggressive. In fact, it ran away upon seeing the woman who spotted it.
Pacifica officers responded to the area, but never found the mountain lion.
It is rare for mountain lions to approach humans, as they usually avoid confrontation. Never-the-less, you can follow these simple rules from San Mateo County to keep your family safe:
1. Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
2. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring.
3. Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night.
4. Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.
5. 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.
6. Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey to a mountain lion