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Foothills, Arastradero parks reopen Wednesday

Original post made on Jul 15, 2008

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.<BR>
<LI> <a href="//">Mountain-lion attack 'unsubstantiated' -- lion hunt ends</a><BR>

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 6:31 PM

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Posted by Greg K.
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm

What is the name of the person who made the "possibly fabricated" mountain lion attack report? If you're going to call him a liar, the least you can do is tell us his name.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Send him the bill for all the costs for the search, weekend overtime, and closing the park.

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Posted by Don't shoot me
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Meanwhile, I'm guessing there has been a surge of night-vision goggles, high caliber rifles and Hummers in Atherton. God, please watch over the innocent tabbys and raccoons.

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Posted by JJ
a resident of Old Palo Alto
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.

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Posted by Scraped Knee
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Any decent journalist would now publish the name of the criminal who falsified the incident report and caused $$$ of taxpayer expense

Cmon PA Weekly, don't let the Daily Post beat ya to it!!!!

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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?

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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.

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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).

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