News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Possible Mountain Lion Spotted at University and Woodland
Contact : Agent Dan Ryan, Palo Alto Police Department    408-406-1330
Palo Alto, CA -    A pedestrian reported that he saw a mountain lion resting in the creek-bed of San Francisquito Creek, near University Avenue, at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. The suspected lion was simply sitting in the creek, and there was no actual human-lion interaction.

The sighting has not been confirmed, and no other evidence has been found. Mountain lions often do use the creek-beds as a natural pathway within their normal habitat, and evidence of the presence of mountain lions has been found as far East as US Highway 101, in Palo Alto,  in recent years.

Residents along the creek were notified via the CANS alert system, and two local schools were also contacted. Residents are advised to keep their pets and pet food containers indoors, and to call 650-329-2413 immediately if they spot a suspected lion.

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