A mountain lion was spotted on a residential street in Woodside early this morning, San Mateo County emergency officials said.
The cat was seen by a newspaper delivery person in the 300 block of Raymundo Drive at about 4:40 a.m.
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the rural area and checked the neighborhood but did not see the animal, meaning it could still be on the loose locally.
This incident comes roughly one week after two mountain lion cubs were spotted repeatedly in residential neighborhoods in Half Moon Bay, prompting California Department of Fish and Game representatives to shoot the animals out of concern for public safety.
Last year, a mountain lion was spotted on a neighborhood street in Redwood City, also prompting authorities to shoot the animal out of concern for public safety.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion is advised to face the animal, make noise and try to appear larger, and to throw rocks or other objects at the cat.
More tips can be found on the California Department of Fish and Game's website at www.keepmewild.org.
- Bay City News contributed to this report