Another lion sighting in Portola Valley, off Alpine


A mountain lion was spotted in Portola Valley late Saturday night, according to San Mateo County officials.

At approximately 10:50 p.m., the cougar was seen in the vicinity of Applewood Lane and Nathorst Avenue, heading toward a creek behind 4370 Alpine Road, the county office of emergency services said.

Residents who see a mountain lion are advised to not approach it,

especially if the cat is feeding or with offspring.

The county office of emergency services recommends that people keep a close watch on small children and avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk or night, when the animals are most active.

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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

When will Palo Alto start posting lion sightings to the news? Rangers have told us off the record that they are having sightings in Foothills Park, Arastradero Preserve and other locations near both. How come they do not make the news?

Open Government?

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Posted by only at night
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

All these sightings are at night when the parks are closed, right? They only get reported when there is a legitimate danger to the public.

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Posted by Leave them alone
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Both Foothill Park and the Arastra Preserve are ideal habitat for mountain lions - just leave them alone, and they'll leave you alone.

I have friends in Los Gatos who regularly see mountain lions resting or drinking at a nearby creek to their home. They don't rush to the 'phone to report the sightings, they just leave the mountain lions alone and so should we.

Incidentally, experts think there are some 40 or so mountain lions in the Santa Cruz mountains, so it's not surprising they are seen from time to time. Don't even bother to report them.

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