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San Mateo police officer strikes mountain lion with patrol vehicle

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A San Mateo police officer struck a mountain lion with his patrol vehicle Saturday night, police said.

The incident reportedly occurred about 10:25 p.m. as the officer was driving eastbound on State Route 92 just past the Hillsdale Boulevard exit. The officer “observed what he believed to be a mountain lion bounding across the lanes from left to right,” police said. The officer applied his brakes but the lion entered his lane and was struck by his vehicle.

“The officer quickly returned to area where the impact occurred but was unable to locate the mountain lion,” police said. “SMPD conducted an area check of the surrounding areas for the mountain lion, but the mountain lion was not located.”

The officer wasn’t hurt but the patrol vehicle was damaged, police said.