A resident reported seeing a mountain lion at lunchtime Tuesday behind Mohr Elementary School, according to Pleasanton police.
The sighting occurred at 12:22 p.m. near the school, which is located on Dennis Drive, near a vacant lot at Martin Avenue. Police attempted to search for the feline, but to no avail.
This is the fourth time a mountain lion has been seen in the Mohr-Martin neighborhood in the past two months, but there have been no attacks reported, according to police. A mountain lion was spotted in the same vacant lot April 27, making it the third sighting in recent weeks. On April 14, a woman jogging on a dirt path near Martin Avenue reported seeing a mountain lion lying in tall grass at about 6:30 a.m. The animal showed no signs of aggression and the woman walked away slowly, police said.
Pleasanton police are warning residents to avoid hiking or jogging alone in rural areas, especially during times mountain lions are known to be most active: at dusk, at night and early in the morning.
Children should be closely monitored at all times in rural areas, police said. If a resident sees a mountain lion, they should stay still, face the animal and stand upright. Police recommend that you try to appear as large as possible, make noise and throw rocks or sticks to scare the animal off.
Anyone who spots a mountain lion should immediately call police at 931-5100.