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Mountain lion alert issued in Portola Valley

Original post made on Oct 19, 2008

The carcass of a partially consumed deer found in the front yard of a Portola Valley home Saturday morning prompted the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to issue a warning to residents in light of recent mountain lion sightings, a police sergeant said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, October 19, 2008, 4:43 PM

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Posted by Game Warden
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Good evening citizens of the south bay and/or peninsula-
just wanted to let you know that we are working on this-
this cat will be found-
no matter what type of cat it is-
bobcat, lion, leopard, cheetah or tom-
we will find it-
there is no safe place to hide from our men in those mountains-
we will track and kill this deer assaulting beast if it takes every
last tax dollar the adminstration can summon forth,
so help me god.
Just thought you would like to know so that you can rest easy.
Warden Jim Keeper
Sacremento, CA

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Posted by sun
a resident of Ohlone School
on Oct 19, 2008 at 9:08 pm

They were here first, nature rules

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Has a mountain lion ever attacked a human in the Bay Area? I cannot remember a case. Sure, you should be careful when you are out in the forest, but I am sure that more Bay Area hikers have been killed by SUVs than by lions.

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Posted by Love of Big Cats
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

I think many people are seeing bobcats and not mountain lions. The tracks the department of fish and game saw were from a bobcat.

A friend of ours who lives in the hills above Atascadero put out a trap and caught a bobcat who was taking some rare geese from a pond on their property. They've seen mountain lions and bobcats on their property and found the remains of a dead deer. They don't call the authorities in a panic; they just count themselves lucky to actually witness these big cats wondering on their land.

Leave the bobcats and mountain lions alone. I am horrified at the knee jerk panic reaction of both residents and authorities to possible sightings.

They were here first, they don't attack humans if you slowly walk away. and they are the most beautiful of God's creatures. They deserve the open spaces they once had to wonder in.

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Posted by Wary of Big Cats
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

That one of our youngsters will inevitably be attacked is a small price to pay for being able to live amongst "the most beautiful of God's creatures".

Cull the population before it happens.

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