WOODSIDE (CBS SF) – A mountain lion was spotted lying on the front lawn of a home in Woodside on Tuesday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call from a resident in the 100 block of Otis Street who was reporting that a 150- to 200-pound cougar was lying on his front lawn, police said.

Deputies arrived and saw the mountain lion lounging on the hillside near the home, according to police.

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services sent out an alert to nearby households alerting them of the cat’s presence and advising them to remain indoors.

Deputies then contacted the state Department of Fish and Game for assistance.

A warden from the department arrived, observed that the mountain lion was not being threatening, and recommended that it not be tranquilized, county officials said.

The cat had left the area by 1 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Residents are advised not to approach mountain lions, and should avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and night, when the animals are most active.

In the event of a mountain lion encounter, emergency officials advise residents to try to appear large and make noise.

More information about mountain lions can be found at

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Comments (7)
  1. Elliott the Cat says:

    I would have thought the story ended with the Department of Homeland Security shooting it with a weapon of mass destruction.

    Panic Panic ! A real live breathing animal in our back yard.

    Witch hunt, i mean Cat hunt. Get your Pitch forks & torches .

    Stupid people, my hopes are that you discover your purpose before ending others.

  2. GNA says:

    Serious Elliot the Cat. I was (pleasantly) suprised they didn’t kill it.

  3. Lisa says:

    I too was shocked and pleasantly surprised that this lion was not shot and killed. As someone who lives in the Oakland/Berkeley hills area, I would NEVER report seeing a mountain lion if I ever had the pleasure. I don’t think that cat’s life would have been spared around here.

  4. ellyn says:

    How wonderful this cat’s life was spared. Kudos to the Deputy for having the presence of mind to NOT shoot, and instead call Fish and Game. This is a model we can only hope other cities follow.

  5. NRA Life Member says:

    I also am not advocating that the lion be killed or harassed in any way. They were here long before we were and they’ll probably be here after we’re gone. But, those applauding the authorities now for not bothering the lion will probably be the same people that scream the loudest when your neighbors child, or yours, is attacked and killed by a mountain lion, probably in their own yard. It’s only a matter of time. It will happen. With man crowding out the lions from their habitat, these encounters will get more & more frequent. You will then complain that the authorities didn’t do enough to keep you safe.

    Lions are opportunistic predators and will expend the least amount of energy for the most gain. A deer, the lions’ usual prey, are fast and will fight back viciously when attacked. A poodle, house cat or small child has no defense against a mountain lion attack. I hope it does not happen to you, but it will happen to someone.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      Your odds of getting munched on by the local pit bull are still far greater than being attacked by a mountain lion.

      1. NRA Life Member says:

        Yep, can’t argue with that.

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