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Deputies to patrol trails on motorcycles

Original post made on Sep 19, 2008

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department has begun deploying deputies on off-road motorcycles on trails in the hills in response to four recent mountain lion sightings in the Woodside/Portola Valley area.

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Won't driving motorcycles on hiking trails be even more dangerous to the public than the mountain lions themselves? Are they going to close the trails when the motorcycles are on them?

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:27 pm

last i remember, the dirt bikes don't maul people. But I could be wrong. I don't know what the Sheriff Department are riding nowadays.

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Posted by Old Cat Hunter
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:43 pm

If you want to catch cats, you need dogs. Motorcycles will just make any smart cat hide deeper in the brush. Dogs will tree them. Cops will not. This is a waste of public money.

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Posted by mr152
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 20, 2008 at 7:40 am

I live in La Honda. Won't the mountain lion(s) just migrate away from Palo Alto and come to my neck of the woods? The number of people attacked my mountain lions is miniscule. Why don't the motorcycle policemen just patrol traffic instead? That's where the real danger lies.

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Posted by Charles
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 20, 2008 at 10:48 am

Although I think the bikes will give any unsuspecting hikers enough notice to get out of the way, this is clearly not the solution. Driving mountain lions out of their natural habitat in open space areas, where they rarely encounter humans, will only drive them further into our cities. Let the cats be and focus on education programs-- we've already killed enough wild animals through habitat destruction, etc

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Posted by 7mm
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Sep 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Dirt bikers with a badge cute the mountain lions will not be impressed. I do see however this is a way for the flatland folks to f-e-e-e-l better. The county's action in this matter will also offset any legal action when a mountain lion attacks a jogger listen to his/her iPod. The county will say we did all we could to help control the lion problem.

Folks the only way to solve the mountain lion problem is to hunt them or to allow the mountain lion to do it's natural thing hunt, stalk, kill. Nature is a black and white choice.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Has there ever been a verified report of a mountain lion attacking a human anywhere on the San Francisco peninsula? Any time in history?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2008 at 9:10 pm

This is just a big feel good publicity stunt. No motor cycle is going to spot a mountain lion, they will be scared away by the noise and probably the smell. I just wonder how much this will cost?

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