Foothills, Arastradero parks reopen Wednesday Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Both Foothills Park and the adjoining Pearson-Arastradero Preserve will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday following a mountain-lion-attack report that turned out to be unsubstantiated and possibly fabricated.
Posted by JJ, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2008 at 9:17 pm
Poor mountain lion getting a bad rap. Mountain lions VERY RARELY attack humans. I know many friends and acquaintances who saw one or got close, and these beautiful creatures want NOTHING to do with us... I don't blame them one bit.
Posted by Helen, a resident of Los Altos Hills, on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm
More here than meets the eye. Why would someone fabricate a mountain lion attack? That's pretty big stuff. Not for fame and attention, given that his identity is withheld at his request. So some other process is underlying this whole thing. A guy who needed a cover story for scrapes and scratches all over his body. I hope investigators are taking a close look at this person. What caused him to make up this story and what pushed him into reporting it a day late? And why are they protecting his identity? If he were an ordinary Joe, wouldn't his name have been leaked to the press by now? Is this someone special?
Posted by thelyonstale, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm
Maybe the man was a little disoriented by his fall and thought he saw something that resembled a mountain lion run off. Some people have a natural flare for the dramatic. It is in their character to hyperbolize and jump to conclusions. Don't just peg him a liar (an eccentric, maybe?) when you don't know all the facts.
Posted by Helen, a resident of Los Altos Hills, on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:50 pm
Yeah, maybe it was a deer that knocked him down. They leap and bound when startled. He could've startled one and it jumped into him. Also more than once I've thought I was possibly seeing a lion but it was only a deer (about same color and apparent size if you're kind of far away).