Mountain lion spotted in Palm Springs condo community tranquilized, transported

A mountain lion spotted in Palm Springs early Monday has been found and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in San Diego County. (Photo courtesy Palm Springs Police Department)

Police officers and members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife worked together Monday to corral a mountain lion spotted in a Palm Springs neighborhood.

The Palm Springs Police Department received a report of the mountain lion at 7:30 AM Monday in the Sunrise Palms condominium community, according to Sgt. Mike Casavan.

Residents of the area told KESQ-TV that the big cat was spotted in the backyard of a residence, and that the occupants were not home at the time.

Police alerted the public at 2:30 PM that the mountain lion was safety tranquilized by CDFW. Upon closer examination, it was discovered to be malnourished and in need of treatment.

The mountain lion was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in San Diego County for treatment.

Authorities warned residents to keep an eye on their smaller animals and to not leave pet food out in the open that could attract wildlife.

— City News Service