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 a.m. Monday in the Sunrise Palms Condominium Community, according to Sgt. Mike Casavan.

Residents of the area told KESQ that the creature was spotted in the backyard of a residence, the occupants of which were not home at the time.

Police alerted the public at 2:30 p.m. that the mountain lion was safety tranquilized by CDFW, and 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.

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