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Peninsula residents on high alert after Mountain lion spotted in San Mateo backyard

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A San Mateo family woke up to a surprise guest in their backyard.

A photo released by the San Mateo Police Department shows a mountain lion roaming around.

The video was taken at 10 p.m. Friday night.

The big cat was spotted again at around 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning on a backyard deck.

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Police were called out to the home on Alameda de las Pulgas and did a search but could not find the animal.

This is just the latest of several sightings on the Peninsula.

VIDEO: Video captures mountain lion roaming backyard Saturday morning

San Mateo Police are telling residents to use caution because of another confirmed mountain lion sighting Saturday evening. SMPD said a confirmed mountain lion sighting on a live camera feed in the 4000 block of Alameda de las Pulgas. Officers alerted some neighbors by going door-to-door this morning.

Sue Galloway lives next door to the homeowners that captured the video.

She says the creek in their backyards attract deer and other wildlife. When she heard about the mountain lion -- she wasn't surprised.

"No, but I was surprised to see how big he was. I'm not going to be in my backyard for a while," Galloway said.

VIDEO: What to do if you come face-to-face with a mountain lion

Garrett Smallwood lives in the area and said there was a mountain lion sighting at a park two weeks ago.

"I was literally stopped by a park ranger who was like don't go in there, there's been a mountain lion sighting you want to turn around and go around the other way," Smallwood said.

He said it's good to be aware since there is a lot of wildlife in the area.

"We have a dog, we have a young kid and it's like frightening to have a huge mountain lion running around your yard," Smallwood said.

There have been multiple encounters in neighboring Pacifica including one earlier in the week at San Pedro Valley Park.

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Police remind residents to avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active, like at dawn, dusk and in the evening.

San Mateo Police share more safety tips here:

  • Do not feed deer.It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
  • DO NOT APPROACH a mountain lion if seen, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active-dawn, dusk, or at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.
  • Do not run if you encounter a mountain lion. Instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects; pick up small children.

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