SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — San Mateo police shared video from a doorbell camera Tuesday that captured a mountain lion walking through a residential area.
The camera recorded the feral cat sneaking past a house on Arroyo Ct. around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
While sharing the video on social media, department officials noted that the animal was “not acting aggressively” and that they were sharing footage for informational purposes only.
With mountain lion sightings, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife urges people not to hike, bike, or jog alone, especially at dawn, dusk, or at night.
If a mountain lion is encountered, CDFW officials urge people to face the mountain lion, make noise and try to look bigger. People are asked not to run and not to turn their backs on the animal and not to squat or bend over.
Over the past year, mountain lion sightings have increased in the Bay Area.
A mountain lion cub wandered into an empty classroom at Pescadero High School along the peninsula in June. After several hours, CDFW staff were able to safely remove the little one from the classroom.
“We used a tranquilizer dart gun to inject a mixture of drugs into the animal through the dart. It went well. No problems,” said John Krause, senior wildlife biologist for the Delta region. of the bay. “He is being transported safely to the Oakland Zoo, where we will work with our partners to have the animal assessed and find out his condition before releasing him.”
Pumas have also been caught hiding in the shadows of security cameras at Millbrae. A handful of hill residents in Oakland and Piedmont say they have seen mangled deer carcasses in their neighborhood. A feral cat was even nabbed from a tree in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood and transported to the Oakland Zoo while another broke into a San Bruno house filled with game trophies.
More than half of the state is mountain lion territory, and it’s not too unusual to see them popping up in unexpected places, according to CDFW officials.
The species typically migrates during the dry season in search of enough food and water, but could travel farther than usual as drought conditions increase and deer populations decline, the spokesperson said. of the department, Ken Paglia.
“Know that we share the state with other wild animals, like mountain lions or bears, they’re around,” Paglia said. “Even though they can potentially be dangerous, they are usually in town looking for food resources and they are not here to harm us.”
Despite recent sightings, being attacked by a mountain lion is a rare occurrence.
“We want to make sure the public is safe, but we also want the animal to be able to live its life in its own habitat. That’s probably the best way to go,” Paglia said.
Installing motion center lights around the property, keeping pets indoors at night, and properly storing pet food are some of the ways residents can avoid encounters with mountain lions. You can find more tips and tricks from the Mountain Lion Foundation at https://issuu.com/mountainlionfoundation/docs/cdfw_mlf_conflict_brochure_booklet_final_2020.