Mountain lion kills, sightings increase

Three animals were killed by a mountain lion in San Mateo County where reported sightings of the big cat have increased in nearly two weeks, county officials said.

The most recent sighting was on Friday night around 7:30 p.m., when deputies responded to a report of multiple mountain lion sightings in the 900 block of Miramontes Street in Half Moon Bay, county emergency officials said.

On Thursday, emergency officials said that since March 9, three animals were killed by a mountain lion in the area of Ranch Road West and Cloverdale Road in Pescadero, according to emergency officials.

The public is advised to not approach a mountain lion, especially one that is feeding or in the company of its offspring, emergency officials said. People are advised to not hike or jog during the dawn, dusk and night hours when mountain lions are most active.

Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should not run, but face the animal, make noise, throw rocks or other objects and appear larger by waving their arms.

More information on mountain lions is available online at http://www.keepmewild.org.