James Wierzba had a close encounter with a mountain lion on a trail in San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica, California, on October 7.
Wierzba told Storyful he lives three blocks from the park and it is not unusual to see deer, skunks, raccoons, and coyotes in the area. Wierzba said the mountain lion was very interested in a deer grazing in the field and seemed calm. The video shows the cougar calmly laying in the bushes just off the side of the trail.
“I was talking to him softly and he did not seem bothered by my presence, just staring,” said Wierzba. “I stood within 10 feet of him to capture my video, then spoke softly and waved goodbye as I finished my hike. I remained in eye contact with him until I was out of range and warned others that were approaching as well.” Credit: James Wierzba via Storyful