Mountain lion spotted in Portola Valley


A mountain lion was spotted in a rural residential neighborhood in Portola Valley Wednesday night (Feb. 16), San Mateo County emergency officials said.

The cat was seen at about 7:40 p.m. in the area of the 100 and 200 blocks of Willowbrook Drive.

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood, but the mountain lion had moseyed elsewhere by the time they arrived.

Residents are advised not to approach mountain lions, and should avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk, and night, when the animals are most active.

In the event of a mountain lion encounter, emergency officials advise residents to try to appear large and make noise.

More information about mountain lions can be found at

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by mosey
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Sheriff's use of "mosey" tells you how serious these reports are to them. Must have been a quiet day for them to even respond.

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Posted by Megan
a resident of Portola Valley
on Feb 22, 2011 at 5:25 am

Please keep your pets in at night since they are easy and desirable prey for mountain lions.

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Posted by Lion Tamer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

That poor mountain lion, can't you guys leave it alone to do it's thing. It won't hurt you unless you try to hurt it.

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