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Local jogger sees mountain lion in Mohr-Martin neighborhood

Original post made on Apr 16, 2009

Police are warning residents using rural pathways in the Pleasanton area to be on the lookout for mountain lions after a jogger reported running into one Tuesday morning.

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Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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My wife and I have been walking there for years and have never seen one. Heard rumors of them but never seen them. We've seen buzzards, turkeys, skunks, deer, foxes and a multitude of squirrels, but never a mountain lion. We'll keep an eye out though.

Posted by Beatrice, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I hope it's not true, because I really don't want to read about a dead mountain lion.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

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Blame the Stoneridge extension!

Posted by PastResident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

We used to live in the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood and frequently walked along the creek. A couple of years ago, there was an actual confirmed siting of a mountain lion in the Mohr neighborhood near the school. My daughter did a science fair project on urban wildlife. She collected footprints of animals encased in mud and had them on display. One of the footprints was from a mountain lion and was found beyond the Stoneridge extension area. Nearby were deer prints. The science teacher confirmed the print as lion prints as dog prints are often mistaken for lion prints.

If you walk down the creek, be diligent, have your eyes open and walk in a group or with a dog. We are in their territory and yes, they have made their home within our city bounderies.

Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

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@ Stacey: BAH! I blame the proposed Parcel Tax!!!!

Posted by Jarhead, a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Time to lock and load

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

To Beatrice:

I'd rather read about a dead mountain lion than a mangled jogger or mountain biker.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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It was in the General Plan from 1966! It used to say that mountain lions needed to be relocated to your area to mitigate development in the Pleasanton Ridge. Wasn't it disclosed when you purchased?!

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:03 am

Now that's great advice someone had about walking with a dog. The lion can eat the dog, while you escape...:)

Could this be a carry-over Bush problem???:)

Just a thought...

Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:19 am

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@Stacey: OMG! That darn developer never disclosed that! I'm calling my lawyer! Time for another frivolous lawsuit!

@Jerry: That will only work if you can outrun your dog.

@Jarhead: Careful. You'd more likely shoot a jogger than a mountain lion.

Posted by Robin, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

Let's kill all the mountain lions so joggers and mountain bikers can exercise peacefully in nature!

Posted by Am I the only one?, a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

I saw Bigfoot in the same area last week. Did my best ninja pose and he ran away.

Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 17, 2009 at 10:15 am

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Careful! I think Jarhead shoots Ninja's too!

Posted by Long-time Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I think I'll blame Stacey!
......or Tim Geitner!!!

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm


Good point!!!

Posted by Einstein, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Apr 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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A mountain lion was spotted in the same area 3 years ago.

Posted by Not sure, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Apr 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Not sure.. if Stacey was being sarcastic but mountain lions do need space to roam. They need at least 25 to 50 square miles. As we build more homes, roads and buildings we are bound to run into them.
In Cuyamaca State Park (In So. California) there was a project to study the habits/reactions of these mountain lions. They found that most of them liked to roam at night and that they were roaming closer and closer to urban areas even going as far as crossing major highways in order to get into open space areas.

If you "run" into one...
Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation, give them a way to escape.

Stay calm. Stop and backup slowly if you are able to do so.

Never run away from a mountain lion. Running stimulates a mountain lions natural instinct to chase (there was a recent study done that showed some success by running, but until more cases are studied the general consensus is not to do it.)
Be sure to always make contact with the lion by looking over its head and stand up as tall as possible. By making yourself look larger, it intimidates the lion and often makes them turn and run.
Open your jacket and flap it about, yell, throw stones but make sure you react so that the cat knows that you are the one in control, not him. If there are children present, pick them up immediately and never turn your back on a lion, or squat down while retrieving the child.

Never squat or bend over at anytime. Research has shown that when a human bends over that person looks like four legged prey to a large cat of any type.

If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hand on without crouching down or turning your back.

If you are attacked, fight back. Never succumb or roll into a ball. Hit as hard as possible especially to the head area. If you can retrieve a stick or large rock ,use it as a weapon. If face to face with the cat, go for the eyes by clawing or throwing dirt in the face of the cat. Mountain lions will usually strike the back of the head and especially the neck.

It is important to remain standing as long as possible. Once you are on the ground you have decreased your chances for survival.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I've heard that Jughead and Qwerty can outrun a mountain lion? Is it true?

Who knows what the truth is anymore...sheeeeeeesh...

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm

"Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation". It's that rare exception that worries me...:)

A group of old ranchers in Shasta County told me most mountain lion problems can be handled using the 3S rule...:)

Posted by Dick, a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm

So Jerry, am I missing something. What is the 3S rule?

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm


Something about shoot 'em, shovel a grave, and 'shut-up'. That might not be quite right, but it's close.

In my case, I've been walking around the house trying to look larger.. but, all I'm accomplishing is hitting my head on the ceiling and having my trou drop!


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:04 pm

3S Rule - Shoot, Shovel and Shutup...

Posted by MIchelle, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Anyone that thinks there are not mountain lions in our town and the surrounding rural areas is absolutely wrong. I have lived here for 35 years and have seen them and/or their tracks at Ausutine Bernal Park, Pleasanton Ridge Park, The Moeller Estate area, the Arroyo trails, Oak Tree Farms area, and in my most frequent walking area--Martin Avenue Greenbelt. I ride my horses in the ridge and have had encounters. There is an over-populatioon of deer on the ridge, so we have lions than normal. We also occasionallyl have a small deer population in the Mohr-Martin area.It is too bad that the mountain lions can't help us with the wild turkey population. There are also bobcats, coyotes, and fox in all of these areas. We could use a few more perigrine falcons to help us with the pigeon population. I think the mountain lion needs to be located and relocated, or it needs to be located and humanely or otherwise euthanized.

Posted by kiel, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

That is surprising; that area really is not what I consider "rural" space. Its just a path on an empty lot. Hardly the wilderness

Posted by Gennady, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I work at Koll Center Parkway and sometimes go for hikes at lunch in Pleasanton Ridge Park. I did it today, August 14th 2009 at about 3 p.m., and saw a mountain lion first time in my life in the wild. Kinda scary...

I parked at the bottom of Longview, hiked up to the water reservoir in Augustine Bernal Park and continued south along the ridge. I saw the mountain lion about 300 yards from reservoir in wooded area above the trail. It was leisurely moving between the bushes. The animal was the size of a big labrador. I'm not sure if the cat saw me, but I got a little scared for sure. I stopped, picked up a rock and slowly started backing down the trail. The animal disappeared behind the bushes and never saw it again. Maybe I should have continued on my hike but did not know what to expect from a big cat. So I cut my walk a little short today.

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