Mountain lion slays goat in Pescadero

A mountain lion reportedly killed a goat Friday night or early Saturday morning in Pescadero, an unincorporated area in San Mateo County, sheriff’s officials said.

It’s at least the seventh spotting of the big cats this month in the county, which has had a dozen such reports since the start of the year.

San Mateo County sheriff’s officials said the goat was killed in the area of Pescadero Creek and Cloverdale roads, which is in close proximity to the goat owner’s residence.

On March 19, authorities responded to three reports of animals that were killed by a mountain lion in the area of Cloverdale Road and Ranch Road West in Pescadero, which is less than a mile away from the most recent attack.

San Mateo County sheriff’s officials are advising people to avoid approaching mountain lions, especially ones that are feeding or with their offspring.

Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation, officials said.

Officials advise residents to avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and at night, when mountain lions are most active. Parents should keep a close watch on small children and pets.

A person that finds themselves face to face with a mountain lion should avoid running, but instead, face the cat and make noise and try to look bigger by waving and throwing rocks or other objects at the animal, sheriff’s officials said.