Mountain Lion Likely Attacked, Killed Deer In Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH (CBS 5 / BCN) — While mountain lion sightings are quite rare along the Peninsula, there’s been several of them in recent days with San Mateo County officials now determining that a mountain lion is likely responsible for the death of a deer.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a deer lying in the roadway in the 300 block of Robinwood Lane, a residential area of Hillsborough.

Officers on the scene found evidence suggesting that the death could have been the result of a mountain lion attack, emergency officials said.

Mountain lions are predominantly nocturnal and, according the to the California Department of Fish and Game, daylight activity could indicate that the cat was sick or injured.

Although mountain lion sightings are rare in the community, police recommend that residents take precautions when dealing with mountain lions or any other native wildlife living in Hillsborough.

Mountain Lion Spotted Tuesday Night In Woodside

Emergency officials are advising people not to leave small children or pets unattended in backyards, especially in wooded areas.

Police advise anyone who encounters a mountain lion to get to a safe location and call 911.

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  • NRA Life Member

    Must be a slow news day. This is not news, this is nature.

  • Krystal Fore

    I agree Why are the CSI’s all over the death of a deer, glad our tax dollars and news reporters can safely say Nature has taken its course…

  • s

    i didn’t know that cbs was now the discovery channel. deer are what mountain lions eat. it’s not news.

  • Lazer Cat

    Mountain lions are part of the balance of Nature. If we didn’t have them up in our hills to keep the deer population in check, we’d all have to be driving around with cow-catchers mounted on the front of our cars….

  • Michelle

    Why is this news? Thanksgiving 2009 I had the head half of a gutted deer land on my lawn. The next day a mountain lion dragged my Bichon (all 15 lbs of her) up the hill. Luckily the shock collar that she was wearing also shocked the mountain lion when they crossed the wire and it dropped my dog. Where did all this take place? ORINDA.

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  • J

    In the video, they showed an image of a cheetah toward the end. Cheetahs and cougars are not the same thing!

    This is such sloppy video editing. At least learn a little science if you want to report it properly.

  • Greg

    I live in the Santa Cruz mountains and often go for walks at night. I would like to hear if there’s a mountain lion in the neighborhood.

  • sfdave66

    Hide ur kids, hide ur wives…oh, and apparently ur deer too!

  • Greg

    Or I should probably just assume that there’s mountain lions in the neighborhood. :-)

  • tickle

    The lions, or cougars were here before we were! They have every right to exist and live in peace and protection! They will kill for food, its just part of nature.Some people will hunt IE murder animals for sadistic pleasure, or otherwise hurt wildlife–it is a felony to hurt, or kill wildlife! Most likely it was some sicko that killed the deer! It should not be a surprise to see wildlife, leave the lions alone!

  • Bloodhounds

    Maybe coyotes? Or the Oakland police?

  • Greg

    yeah…I don’t understand people who hunt and kill animals for pleasure e.g. Sara Palin.

  • G.


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