Slain deer prompts San Mateo County mountain lion alert

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for mountain lions after a deer was killed by a big cat on private property in Woodside.

The deer was discovered Tuesday in the 3400 block of Woodside Road. Sheriff’s deputies said the wounds on the deer were indicative of an attack by a mountain lion.

Mountain lions tend not to interact with humans and rarely attack them, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

However, conflicts are increasing as California’s human population expands into the habitats of mountain lions.

Residents are advised not to jog, hike or bike alone and should avoid those activities during dawn, dusk and at night, when mountain lions are most active. An especially close watch should be kept on small children.

People who encounter a mountain lion should not approach it, but should face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving their arms and throwing rocks or other objects.

If attacked, people are advised to fight back and call 911.

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