New lion sighting in Woodside, tracks at Stanford

Tracks found in the area of the Stanford Golf Course -- officials urge caution

A mountain lion was spotted in Woodside, near Interstate Highway 280, on Saturday night, emergency officials said.

The cougar was seen at about 9:15 p.m. near 386 Raymundo Drive. The sighting marks the second big cat spotted in the town this month.

In addition, Stanford University officials announced Friday that mountain-lion tracks were found in the Stanford Golf Course area -- adding a new course hazard for golfers to consider.

Residents who see a mountain lion are advised not to approach it, especially if the cat is feeding or has cubs.

The San Mateo 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 lions are most active.

For more information about mountain lions, visit

-- Bay City News Service and Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by nighttime
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

These cats only come out at night, right? No one plays golf at night. Nothing to worry about. Must be a slow news day.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hard to feel much sympathy for golfers. I hope this lion stays safe.

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Posted by Lion Lunacy
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Nighttime, the article clearly says that dawn and dusk are active times for lions. Nice times to go for stroll on the golf course, if you live therabouts. But--and it's a big but--if lions get hungry, they'll go in the day time as well.

Hmmm, I like lions, but your comment made me repeat your pseudonym several times.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

We all need to stay safe, but I have no love for golf courses. It's easier for golfers to play elsewhere to stay safe, if they have a concern.

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Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

They are getting closer and closer to us. One of these days someone will get killed by these beasts. And then all the goody-goodies will vanish and nary a comment will be written as to how we should stay indoors and not go out at night. Is that why we live here, to be locked up because of predators roaming among us?

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Posted by nighttime
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Who is getting closer to who? They were here long before the white man. If there is any change in their hunting patterns, it is probably caused by selfish people fencing and clear cutting the foothills.

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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Don't know why a sighting is news? Unless perhaps increasing numbers of sightings is indicative that they're losing their fear of people.

They don't only come out at night.

Web Link

Per the above link--- most of the attacks seemed to have occurred during daylight hours.

The golfers just need to tether two golf clubs together and make one long skinny version of Numchucks. Practice swinging while they walk from hole to hole. :)

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Posted by Karen Offen
a resident of Woodside
on Jan 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

I live on Raymundo, not far from where this "sighting" occurred.
I don't doubt that there are cougars in the area, though I've never seen one in the 40 years I've lived here. Some neighbors swear they have seen one.

Some people panic when they see anything furry moving fast. It is more likely what was sighted on Raymundo was a big furry coyote. There are quite a few of those in our area, including one "pack" that lives nearby.

Now, footprints would be another matter! Or a photo!

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