Mountain Lion Spotted in Belmont Neighborhood

The creature was spotted on East Laurel Creek Friday night.

Belmont Police received a report that a mountain lion was spotted Friday night at approximately 9:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of East Laurel Creek.

Authorities could not locate the mountain lion, so the Department of Fish and Game was notified.

Authorities would like to remind locals that we share Belmont with wildlife. 

The police department said, in a message sent out Friday to residents and members of the neighborhood group Nextdoor.com, "Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people. Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare."

The department offered the following facts and reminders for local residents: 

  • Don’t feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions. 
  • "Deer-proof" your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. For tips, request A Gardener’s Guide to Preventing Deer Damage from the Deptartment of Fish and Game.
  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions. 
  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended. 
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house. 
  • Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats and other vulnerable animals. 
  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night. 
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums and other potential mountain lion prey.


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Coralin Feierbach October 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Wow, that block is where I live. Pretty scary! We live right at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain and there is a creek across the street for water.
Varti Patton October 07, 2012 at 03:47 PM
If deer attract mountain lions as you point out in the facts and reminders, why is it that something cannot be done for the deer population that is growing so rapidly. We have around 20 deer in my neighborhood that roam the streets day and night. This is in the area of Dartmouth, Northam, Exbourne. Varti
Dan October 07, 2012 at 08:00 PM
More mountain lions = less deer.
Shirley Newberry Owens October 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
My Grandchildren and I so enjoy the Deer when i visit there, I love Deer, ,I live in Alabama we have dozens in our back field ,we feed them, and enjoy them so much, they are one of Gods beautiful creatures.
joseph miller October 08, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Cora.. Joanne n I called in the alert as we came home the other night from late safeway shopping we turned in to our driveway and behold a mountinlion crossed our parh...sorry I forgot to mention this today when we spoke from the car....really spooked us as we had to bring in the groceries in the low light not knowing what would show up?? Police cqalled the alert in to Fish n Game.......worried about kids n cats n dogs. Joe


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