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The Sunrise Trail in the Blue Oaks Area is Now Open

Post Date:03/15/2018 12:00 PM

Dear Portola Valley Residents,

At the request of Town Hall, representatives from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office walked the entire length of Sunrise Trail this week to determine whether the mountain lion – that was recently reported – was still near the trail.

They looked for specific signs that would indicate the mountain lion was still along Sunrise Trail.  The Warden and the Sheriff Deputy did not see any signs that the mountain lion was still near the trail. They also stated that mountain lions migrate within several square miles. As a result of their investigation, the Town has reopened Sunrise Trail. We will be replacing the Trail closed signs with Caution signs. Please follow these safety tips when walking/hiking on the trails:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active during dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children and pets when on the trails.
  • Don’t feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
  • If attacked, fight back.

For information on how to stay safe in the event of a mountain lion sighting or encounter, please visit the National Park Service's website.

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