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A mountain lion sighting was reported Friday evening in Pacifica — not in one of San Mateo County’s protected natural spaces, but in a suburban tract above Highway 1.
The report was sent to the city’s police department at around 6:30 p.m., according to a statement released by the police Saturday morning. The mountain lion supposedly was seen in the backyard of a home on the 1300 block of Crespi Drive near Oddstat Park. The accuracy of the report — which the police passed along to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife — could not be confirmed.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a mountain lion — also known as a cougar and technically a Puma concolor — has explored developed areas of this stretch of San Mateo’s rugged coast. In 2016 a large mountain lion was reported on the 700 block of Big Bend Drive, more on the outskirts of town.
In addition to reporting the sighting, the police passed along a few tips about what to do if you do see a mountain lion. Among them: “Never approach a mountain lion. Give them an escape route.”
John King is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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