SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies suspect a goat at a La Honda ranch was killed by a mountain lion Sunday morning, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Services.
Deputies responded to a report of an Alpine goat found dead at a ranch in the 7500 block of Alpine Road around 10:30 a.m., emergency services officials said.
Personnel from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife were also notified and responded to the ranch, according to county emergency services officials.
The discovery of the dead goat comes after two mountain lion sightings on Friday and Saturday nights in the southern part of the county, emergency officials said.
On Friday around 9:30 p.m., a big cat and its kitten were seen in the area of Woodside and Kings Mountain roads in Woodside, emergency services officials said.
On Saturday shortly after 9 p.m., a mountain lion was in the area of the 1400 block of Cabrillo Highway South in Half Moon Bay, county officials said.
Deputies searched the area Saturday night but were unable to locate the animal, officials said.
The public is advised to not approach a mountain lion, especially one feeding with its offspring, emergency services officials said.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should not run, but instead face the animal, make noises and appear larger by waving their arms, according to officials.
People should avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and night when mountain lions are most active, according to emergency services officials.
People should also keep a watchful eye over small children and pick them up if faced with a mountain lion, emergency services officials said.
More information on mountain lions is available online at http://www.keepmewild.org.
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