Mountain Lion

Thursday, February 27, 2020

In the past week, unconfirmed reports of mountain lion sightings have been made to the Pacifica Police Department, including near San Pedro Valley Park. No aggressive behavior was reported.

Visitors to San Pedro Valley Park are reminded that mountain lions do inhabit the park. They are typically reclusive and avoid human interaction. When visiting the park, keep in mind the following safety tips:

  • Don’t hike during early morning or dusk hours – the times of day that wildlife hunt
  • Hike and jog with another person or in groups
  • Be aware of your surroundings and don’t use ear buds when hiking alone

If you encounter a mountain lion:

  • Make yourself look bigger by raising your arms over your head and shouting
  • Maintain eye contact with the cat, don’t crouch down
  • Throw sticks, a backpack and anything you can reach without bending down
  • Pick up small children and keep them calm
  • Report any mountain lion sightings to park rangers in person or by phone as soon as possible
  • If attacked, fight back – try to remain upright

Learn more about being safe in San Mateo County Parks. Be Aware