SAN CARLOS (CBS SF) — A mountain lion was seen near a San Carlos park Thursday evening, according to San Mateo County Emergency Services officials.

The big cat was spotted in the 400 block of Portofino Drive near Heather Park around 6 p.m. The sighing was reported to police today around 1 p.m., emergency officials said.

The mountain lion was seen walking down the street close to an apartment complex, officials said.

Any other sightings should be reported to police.

If a mountain lion is spotted, people are advised not to approach it.

Other tips to stay safe around the animals include keeping small children away and making noise and trying to look bigger by waving arms and throwing rocks or other objects rather than running away.

For more information about mountain lions, visit

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