Los Altos Hills: Mountain lion sightings over the weekend prompt emergency alert

Los Altos Hills: Mountain lion sightings over the weekend prompt emergency alert

By Lisa Fernandez

lfernandez@mercurynews.com

Posted: 09/05/2011 07:10:40 PM PDT

 

Mountain lion hides in foliage at Rancho San… (Charles Knowles, Special to the Mercury News)

The town of Los Altos Hills activated its emergency alert system this weekend, phoning residents that a mountain lion was seen in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

According to a wildlife group and a dispatcher at the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services, wardens from the Department of Fish and Game went out Monday to inspect the situation.

Charles Knowles, a retired venture capitalist and executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Network, said the wardens would likely decide this week what to do, if anything, about the wild cat.

According to the town and the sheriff’s office, an adult mountain lion was spotted Saturday and Sunday. Both times, the cat was in the general area of the Rhus Ridge Road parking lot and the Windmill Pasture. That trailhead is near a residential area along Moody Road.

Knowles said that there was an unconfirmed mountain lion sighting Sunday near Hidden Villa, which is adjacent to Rancho San Antonio, and there is some debate as to whether a cub has been seen, too.

Los Altos Hills residents are advised to be cautious of any mountain lion, and the sheriff’s department is urging people to call 911 if they see one.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-920-5002. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/nationalbreaking/ci_18831645

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