SAN FRANCISCO– Since June 30, there have been at least four mountain lion sightings in San Francisco, one of which was caught on a neighborhood security camera. A joint press release from the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and San Francisco Animal Care and Control announced yesterday that four wildcat sightings have been reported recently, although only one was confirmed by video surveillance camera.
The San Francisco Examiner reports Wednesday that authorities believe it to be the same animal.
Last week a police officer spotted an adult mountain lion just up the hill from Serramonte Mall in Daly City. Surveillance footage was taken on June 30 in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, the same day a driver in the Presidio reported seeing a mountain lion there. The next were in the 1000 block of Gough Street on July 1st, and after that, in southwest San Francisco near Lake Merced on July 3rd. There is no escaping the fact that mountain lions are predators, but humans are not on their menu. The boy was released from hospital shortly after the attack and the animal was shot and killed after authorities failed to capture it. Mountain lions typically hunt deer and other small animals.
Do not turn your back or run. “That’s insane, you don’t know what they’re going to do”.
Give the mountain lion room to run away.
Speak loudly and firmly. Instead, make noise and wave your arms to make yourself seem bigger.