Below is a recent Alert sent out by the Sam Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. At the workshop we will talk about how to sign your family up for important alerts from the County and our Sheriff Department.
With an uptick in reported mountain lion sightings in San Mateo County, primarily in rural, farmland areas, the County of San Mateo Parks Department offers the following tips on how to stay safe when encountering a mountain lion.
Though sightings are rare, mountain lions may be encountered at any of the following parks: Devil’s Slide Trail, San Pedro Valley Park, San Bruno Mountain, Junipero Serra, Quarry/Wicklow, Crystal Springs Regional Trail, Edgewood, Huddart, Wunderlich, Memorial, Pescadero Creek and Sam McDonald.
• Do not hike during times of day that wildlife hunts, early morning and dusk. • Hike or jog with someone else. • If you encounter a mountain lion shout and wave your arms or your coat. The objective is to make yourself look as large and imposing as possible. • Maintain eye contact with the wild cat; do not crouch down. • Throw any sticks and stones you can reach without bending down. • Pick up small children or pets and keep them from panicking and running. • Report any mountain lion you see to park rangers with the location, date and time of the sighting.
If attacked, FIGHT BACK! Try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
Learn more about protecting and living beside mountain lions at the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild (dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/lion) page.