HILLSBOROUGH (CBS SF) — A mountain lion was spotted in Hillsborough early Friday morning and a dead deer apparently killed by the big cat was later found in the area, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

A resident in the 500 block of El Cerrito Avenue spotted an animal in a tree around 1 a.m. that they believed to be a mountain lion.

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The incident was reported to Hillsborough police at about 8:30 a.m. Officers responded and found a dead deer on the resident’s property with injuries consistent with a predator attack, county officials said.

County animal control and state Fish and Wildlife officials were also notified of the case.

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Mountain lions target deer as prey and authorities encourage residents to “deer-proof” their properties by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. Residents can also trim brush on their properties and install motion-sensitive lights to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

More information on mountain lions and tips to stay safe in their habitat is available online at http://www.keepmewild.org.

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