A mountain lion was spotted Friday morning near the open space area adjacent to the San Mateo Highlands neighborhood, police said.
According to San Mateo County Alert system, the animal was spotted behind the homes in the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. This was the third mountain lion sighting in San Mateo since July 1.
San Mateo police said that because of the city’s proximity to open space areas populated by wildlife, interactions with mountain lions and other non-domesticated animals are a regularly occurring safety concern.
Given the recent big cat sightings, police have offered several safety tips.
To avoid a mountain lion encounter, residents should avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas at dusk, dawn and at night, when mountain lions are most active, and should keep a close watch over children.
Residents should not leave pet food or any other food outside at night that would attract wild animals.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion is advised not to run, and should instead face the animal, make a noise and try to look bigger by waving, throwing rocks or other objects at the animal.
For more information on mountain lions, people can visit www.keepmewild.org.