SADDLEBROOKE — A female mountain lion was spotted with two offspring in yards in and around the Saddlebrooke area of southern Pinal County.
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, sightings of the big cats are routine near the foothills of the Catalina Mountains.
AZGFD asks anyone who spots the mountain lions to call 623-236-7201 so the department can monitor their movements.
If you happen to come into contact with them, AZGFD recommends standing your ground, waving your arms and yelling to prevent the animals from getting too close.
Predators like the mountain lions may be moving lower in search of game because of the devastating Bighorn Fire than burned much of the Catalina Mountains.The Saddlebrooke Homeowners Association issued an alert to residents about the sightings and linked to safety tips:
"Do not run run. Running may cause the animal to chase you and take you down just like prey. Never bend over or crouch down; if you do then you look like four-legged prey and make yourself vulnerable."
Saddlebrooke is a Robson adult community located between Tucson and Oracle.