REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – A mountain lion was spotted twice at a Redwood City community college campus early Tuesday morning, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

The cat was first seen on the north side of Cañada College at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. at 5 a.m. and then again at 6:30 a.m. running into a nearby canyon.

Residents are advised not to hike or jog when mountain lions are most active—at dawn, dusk and night, emergency officials said.

Residents are also reminded to keep an eye on small children and not to run if a mountain lion is spotted, but rather to face the animal, make noise and try to appear bigger by waving arms and throwing objects.

County officials warn hikers not approach a mountain lion, especially if the animal is feeding or with offspring.

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Comments (3)
  1. Kathy says:

    I suppose, like the coyotes in SF, people in that area will be getting a postcard from their elected local representative, telling them how they should learn to live with mountain lions, not leave garbage out, and keep their small children and pets inside.

    1. Ellen says:

      Well, yeah. I hope they do get postcards like that. Common sense is not as common as we could wish, and it seems prudent to advise residents on the best way to peacefully coexist with other creatures that share the space. Canada College is not exactly an “urban” area. It is semi-rural, and there have always been wild critters in the vicinity. We are the late-comers, encroaching on their homes.

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