All trails at Rancho San Antonio are open, but visitors are advised to keep an eye out for mountain lions and report any sightings to rangers.
The popular open space preserve fully reopened to the public on Aug. 29 after nearly a week of closures caused by mountain lion activity in the area.
A mountain lion and her three adolescent cubs were believed to be living in or near the preserve, according to Leigh Ann Gessner, public affairs specialist with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Leading up to the closures, preserve visitors made repeated sightings of the animals, who exhibited an apparent lack of fear toward humans.
Midpeninsula biologists and officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife monitored the situation and attempted to draw the lions away from the preserve.
According to Gessner, the mountain lions moved to less-used areas of Rancho San Antonio of their own volition, prompting district officials to halt the operation and reopen the park.
Gessner said that depending on the lions’ behavior, trails could be closed again in the near future. Gessner advised visitors to remain vigilant and report any sightings to park rangers by calling 650-691-2165.
Visitors to the preserve who encounter wildlife should not run away. Instead, slowly back away, while try to appear as large as possible and make loud noises to scare the animals, Gessner said.