July 18, 2024
The animal was not hostile and appeared to be traveling along Leslie Creek, police said.

SAN MATEO – A mountain lion was spotted Friday morning in the backyard of a San Mateo home, police said.

The sighting was reported around 6:20 a.m. in the 600 block of 16th Avenue, the San Mateo Police Department said in a news release. Area residents also told officers they saw the mountain lion on Vanessa Drive and near South Grant Street.

Police said the mountain lion was not hostile toward humans and appeared to be traveling along Leslie Creek.

Schools were advised to shelter in place while officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Officers used multiple resources to complete a search ensuring the mountain lion was no longer in the area,” police said.

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Mountain lions rarely approach humans, but police advised residents who find themselves face to face with one not to run and instead face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger.