LA HONDA, Calif., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- California wildlife officials said two mountain lions spotted by hikers in a San Mateo county park were tracked by officials but evaded capture.
State Department of Fish and Game warden Patrick Foy said the hikers, two brothers in their early 50s, attempted to ward the mountain lions off with a stick when they encountered the animals Sunday at Pescadero Creek County Park near La Honda, but the predators stalked them all the way back to their car, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.
Foy said trackers found signs of the mountain lions but were unable to capture them.
"We found actual tracks and our tracking dogs picked up on the scent right off," Foy said. "It was very obvious to us it was a credible story with real lions. We put the hounds on the ground and they struck a scent immediately.
"Unfortunately, the lions were successful in escaping," Foy said. "There's two aggressive lions ... out there."
County officials said another mountain lion sighting was reported Wednesday in La Honda. It is unknown whether it was one of the same animals.
The park was closed Sunday and reopened Thursday after officials were unable to locate the mountain lions.