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Posted on: September 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Possible Mountain Lion Sighting in Atherton


On September 20, Sacred Heart School informed the Atherton Police Department a game camera located on their campus photographed an animal which appeared to be a mountain lion.

The Department of Fish and Game has regulatory authority over wildlife, including mountain lions. The Atherton Police Department forwarded the photographs to Fish and Game for their scientists to determine whether the animal is a mountain lion. To date, Fish and Game has not confirmed the sighting with the Atherton Police Department. In the interest of keeping our community informed, we are publishing this news flash.

The animal was photographed on September 19 at approximately 7:30 PM. What appears to be the same animal was photographed again at approximately 6:30 AM the next morning in the same area.

The animal did not have any contact with humans and no in person sightings have been reported.

The following website has instructions on what to do should you encounter a mountain lion:

Should you see a mountain lion within the Town limits, please contact the Atherton Police Department as soon as possible.

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