SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — San Mateo police are warning hillside residents about a pair of cougars that have made multiple appearances over the past few days.
The department tweeted a video of the big cats, which were spotted in the Kingridge Drive area, not far from Laurelwood/Sugarloaf Park. The cats have been seen in the area at least three times recently.
A pair of cougars made repeat appearances on Kingridge Dr. this week (at least 3 as far as we know). Watch out for small pets and children, avoid feeding deer, and never approach a mountain lion. To learn more about these furry creatures, visit https://t.co/aEmSGwjKbI. pic.twitter.com/Vy63cPExRH
— San Mateo PD (@SanMateoPD) April 11, 2022
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Police are urging area residents to watch out for small pets and children, not to feed deer and never approach a mountain lion.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers additional guidance. People are advised not to hike, cycle or jog alone, especially at dawn, dusk or at night.
If a mountain lion is encountered, CDFW officials urge people to face the mountain lion, make noise and try to look bigger. People are asked not to run and not to turn their backs on the animal and not to squat or bend over.
In recent months, mountain lion sightings have increased in the Bay Area.
A wayward mountain lion caused a lockdown at two colleges in Rohnert Park until it was tranquilized and removed from the area. A large cat has been spotted multiple times in a Morgan Hill neighborhood.
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Pumas have also been caught hiding in the shadows of security cameras at Millbrae. A handful of hill residents in Oakland and Piedmont say they have seen mangled deer carcasses in their neighborhood. A feral cat was even nabbed from a tree in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood and transported to the Oakland Zoo while another broke into a San Bruno house filled with game trophies.
More than half of the state is mountain lion territory, and it’s not too unusual to see them popping up in unexpected places, according to officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The species typically migrates during the dry season in search of enough food and water, but could travel farther than usual as drought conditions increase and deer populations decline, the spokesperson said. of the department, Ken Paglia.
“Know that we share the state with other wild animals, like mountain lions or bears, they’re around,” Paglia said. “Even though they can potentially be dangerous, they are usually in town searching for food resources and they are not here to harm us.”
Despite recent sightings, being attacked by a mountain lion is a rare occurrence.
“We want to make sure the public is safe, but we also want the animal to be able to live its life in its own habitat. It’s probably the best solution,” Paglia said.
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Installing motion center lights around the property, keeping pets indoors at night, and properly storing pet food are some of the ways residents can avoid encounters with mountain lions. More tips and tricks from the Mountain Lion Foundation are available at https://issuu.com/mountainlionfoundation/docs/cdfw_mlf_conflict_brochure_booklet_final_2020.