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Mountain Lion Sighted Tuesday in Montara

Big cat seen walking in area at 6:30 p.m.

A mountain lion was spotted on Tuesday night in the vicinity of 1900 block of Sunshine Valley Road in Montara, according to an alert sent this evening by Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Sheridan to subscribers of the San Mateo County Alert System.

The big cat was seen at approximately 6:30 p.m., according to the alert sent via email and text message.

The message dispensed the following advice:

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.

Here are a few tips:

Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.

Keep a close watch on small children.

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.

For more information about mountain lions click here.

On Monday night, a mountain lion was in Portola Valley. Residents were notified Tuesday morning via the San Mateo County alert system.

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Donna Diamond September 06, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I believe I saw a mountain lion in Montara around Le Conte & 4th last night (9/4/2012) in the evening around 10:30pm.
Christa Bigue (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Thanks for the tip Donna. We'll let residents know by posting a bulletin on the site and on Facebook. It's important to know especially for those with small children.

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