Several reports of mountain lion sighted in San Jose neighborhood

Close up portrait of cougar. puma. mountain lion. panther (Puma concolor) big cat native to the Americas. (Photo by: Arterra/Philippe Clément/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A mountain lion was seen in San Jose on Wednesday night, prompting police to warn residents to stay indoors. 

San Jose Police Department posted to social media that they have units in the area of Ella Drive and War Admiral Way in South San Jose. The incident was first reported at 9:36 p.m. 

"Callers reported seeing the mountain lion walking into the yards of residential homes," police said regarding several reports in the area. 

Residents should exercise caution if they must leave their homes in this area. 

In a subsequent post, police deescalated their rhetoric and simply said, "If you live in this area please be aware of your surroundings."

On Thursday afternoon, City of San Jose on X posted that a mountain lion was spotted near Kelley Park. 

"Mountain lions are protected species in California and play an important role in the ecosystem," the city's post read. 

If you see the animal, the police said to call 911. 

KTVU understands there is a helicopter flying above the neighborhood. 

Police are working with animal control to resolve this situation. 

City of San Jose posted tips on what to do if you encounter a mountain lion. 

  • Never approach a mountain lion
  • Back away slowly. This gives the lion an opportunity to escape. Do not remain in the area or try to pass.
  • Stand tall, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or throwing objects.
  • Do not turn your back or run away, which might trigger a chase response.
  • Pick up small children, without bending over.
  • Fight back if attacked.

For more information on human wildlife and mountain lion interactions, check this resource from California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.