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Mountain Lion Spotted in San Carlos

The carnivorous cat was seen near Heather Park on Thursday night.

A mountain lion was spotted near Heather Park in San Carlos on Thursday night, emergency officials said Friday.

The animal was seen at about 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Portofino Drive, walking down the street close to an apartment complex, according to San Mateo County emergency officials.

Residents are advised to not approach mountain lions, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

Here are a few tips:

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; throw rocks or other objects.

Pick up small children.

For more information about mountain lions, visit www.keepmewild.org.

Cyn Stern September 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Well, technically, ALL cats are "carnivorous." But a carnivorous "cyoote widdwe puddy tat"--unlike a mountain lion--is highly-unlikely to try to make a meal of us, our children, or our (other) pets. (Sorry about the nit-picking.) Maybe I'd have called it a "potentially dangerous predator," rather than a "carnivore."
JDavis September 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Would have been really great to have heard about this yesterday evening or even lastnight after the sighting...instead of today. This occurred in a highly populated residential area where people generally feel safe...but worse yet in the park adjacent to and sharing the same parking lot as Heather Elementary. Not pointing fingers but an emergency alert wasn't even issued until today.

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