Rancho San Antonio Park Near Cupertino Closed Due to Mountain Lions

Rancho San Antonio County Park near Cupertino is closed after mountain lions were spotted Friday afternoon.

The clsoure comes after officials with the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District on Monday said a mountain lion family was spotted at the park.

"There were sightings all the way through last week so as they kept getting more and more frequent that's what triggered us to close it down," said Brad Pennington, Area Superintendent of Midpeninsula Open Space District.

The district released video of one recent encounter showing at least three big cats on or near a trail in Rancho San Antonio.

"The fact that they run across the trail and there’s one on the side of the trail, thats not normal," said Pennington.

Anyone who sees mountain lions is advised not to approach them. Stand tall, face the animals, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or throwing objects, the district said.

Also, pick up small children and back away slowly. Do not remain in the area.

Find out more about what to do in the event of a mountain lion encounter on the Mid-Pen website.

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