Possible mountain lion sighting reported in San Carlos

April 20, 2012 1:41:31 PM PDT
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies conducted a search in San Carlos Friday morning after a resident reported a possible mountain lion sighting.

The resident told authorities he saw what looked like a cat the size of a medium-sized dog leap a fence in the 2600 block of Graceland Avenue, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies searched yards in the area but saw no sign of a mountain lion.

While it's unclear whether the animal in question was actually a mountain lion, officials are warning residents to stay on the alert for signs of the big cats.

People that encounter a mountain lion are encouraged to stay calm and to not run away from it, as running can trigger the instinct to chase and attack, officials said.

If a mountain lion approaches or behaves aggressively, people are encouraged to throw sticks or rocks, wave a stick and speak loudly.