SAN MATEO CO., Calif. (KTVU) - A San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on Thursday night.
The mountain lion was seen by someone at around 8:15 p.m. The witness called authorities. When the deputy arrived to an unincorporated wooded area near Los Trancos Road and Ramona Road, they confirmed that the animal was in fact a mountain lion.
The animal was described as not being aggressive, nor did it appear sick or injured. When it realized it had been noticed, it ran away.
San Mateo County Alert Systems reminds residents who live near Los Trancos Woods to keep their pets indoors during dawn, dusk and evening hours. They add it may be rare for a mountain lion to approach a human and to not feed deer, because it could attract mountain lions.
Most mountain lions will avoid confrontation, according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Joggers and hikers should avoid wooded areas when mountain lions are most active at dawn, dusk or night.
The department adds if you do encounter a mountain lion, you shouldn’t run, but rather you should make noise, try to make yourself look bigger and throw rocks or other objects.