Saturday, May 14, 2011

Take a hike? Nice kitty....

Too much media attention to cute dogs these days, and Maybury is lulling some of us to sleep with his lovely bird pictures. Article today from CBS news 4/14/11:  "A mountain lion was spotted Saturday morning in Woodside... residents are advised not to hike or jog when mountain lions are most active at dawn, dusk or night. They should also keep an eye on small children.  Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should pick up children, face the animal, make noise, and try to look bigger by waving the arms and throwing rocks...." 

These mountain lion sightings in Woodside area have become old news, new news.  Recently there have been several sightings. Does Pacifica have mountain lions, or is it just that there are no witnesses?
Mountain lion safety tips: UCSC police education.
Mountain lions general information:  
CA government Wildlife guide.

Posted by Kathy Meeh 


Euell Gibbons said...

she asks "does pacifica have mountain lions!".
a few years ago i had one sunning itself next to a retaining wall in my backyard.
a couple of weeks ago, one was spotted above cape breton dr (way up on top of the hill, don't panic). it's been reported that one strolled along oddstad from the trailhead left of st peter's to the main entrance of the park. guess to check out what the humans are up to. yep, we have mountain lions!

Marlin Perkins said...

Kathy, Yes, Mt Lions are in the hills and on Montara Mt. On a warm night open your windows and late at night you will hear them, they sound like a woman screaming from far away.

Tom Clifford said...

That the picture of a BOBCAT right?

todd bray said...

We have mountain lions. There are rock outcroppings here in E. Rockaway on Cattle Hill that are used by lions for sunning like Euell's retaining wall. We also watch bobcats bopping around pouncing on things which is very entertaining to see, and the ever present coyote's and deer that just wander around the neighborhood night and day.

Heather Tanner said...

My parents have had more than one stumble into their backyard up on Heathcliff (off Manor). They come out of the canyon because they are bored. My parents' dog barked up a ruckus and the mountain lions walked off to their neighbor's back yard... Keep an eye on your small pets!

Kathy Meeh said...

Tom (5/15, 8:14am), that kitty is probably a BOBCAT. I just thought he/she was cool enough looking to quality. You all seem to know we have mountain lions here, none of which the news seems to care about, nor have I personally seen any of these mountain lions (fortunately).

I have seen foxes and coyotes. And, Heather makes a good point, "watch your small pets"... for these too. The linked you tube justice in which Coyote catches Road Runner almost never happens (1:41 minutes).

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were on a bike ride to Mori Point, from the Pacifica Pier. As we headed up the Upper Mori Trail, we spotted a Mountain Lion on the ridge. At first we thought it was a big dog, but when it started to slink along the ridge, we could see the long tail!! it was a Mt. lIon. We quickly retreated back to the lower trail..Old Mori Rd, and watched him walk into the brush. This was on Sunday, August 14th around 5pm

Kathy Meeh said...

Mountain Lion at Mori Point, maybe looking for tasty habitat, but a human might be a better meal.

Interesting how these Mountain Lion sightings are not news (except to us) in Pacifica, whereas they become reportable print news further south coastside and in the peninsula.

Sounds like you did the right thing!