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Dead Deer Prompts Mountain Lion Warning In Woodside

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A mountain lion. (Art G./Wikimedia Commons)

A mountain lion. (Art G./Wikimedia Commons)

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WOODSIDE (CBS SF) — The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office was advising residents to be on the lookout for mountain lions after a deer was killed by a mountain lion on private property in Woodside.

The dead deer was discovered Monday in the 3400 block of Woodside Road and was brought to the attention of sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies said the wounds on the deer were indicative of an attack by a mountain lion.

According to an advisory issued by the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, mountain lions tend not to interact with humans and rarely attack humans, however conflicts are increasing as California’s human population expands into the habitats of mountain lions.

Residents were advised not to jog, hike or bike alone and should avoid those activities during dawn, dusk and at night, when mountain lions are most active. An especially close watch should be kept on small children.

Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should not approach it, but should face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving their arms and throwing rocks or other objects.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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