A countywide alert was sent out Friday warning Peninsula residents that a mountain lion had been spotted in the San Mateo Highlands that day.
Authorities said, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, a mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of the 1700 block of Lexington Ave - on San Francisco Watershed Property - in the San Mateo Highlands.
Authorities warn, if you see a mountain lion, do not approach it - especially one that is feeding or with offspring.
Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation, they said.
Emergency officials offered these tips to locals:
- Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
- Keep a close watch on small children.
- If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms, or throwing rocks or other objects.
- Pick up small children.
For more information about mountain lions, visit www.keepmewild.org.
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