Mountain lion spotted for 2nd time in Hillsborough neighborhood

HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (KGO) -- Residents of a Hillsborough home are on edge after spotting a mountain lion for the second time in just a few days.

Heather Tappan said she heard the animal jump on her roof early Monday morning, and then climb on her big oak tree.

She recognizes the sound. She thinks it's the same mountain lion that killed a deer in her yard four nights ago.

"It does make me uneasy," Tappan said. "I feel very concerned for children. I saw a child just passing on their own, recently this afternoon, and I thought, that child has absolutely no defense."

Mountain lions like these aren't uncommon in woodsy bay area neighborhoods.

Fish and wildlife officials haven't tried to trap the mountain lion prowling this Hillsborough neighborhood since it hasn't threatened humans.

Mountain lions target deer as prey and authorities encourage residents to "deer-proof" their properties by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. Residents can also trim brush on their properties and install motion-sensitive lights to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

More information on mountain lions and tips to stay safe in their habitat is available online at
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