SONORA -- Police on Tuesday were warning residents about three sightings of a mountain lion in the past two days in the Sonora area.
Sonora police said the sightings occurred on the east side of town on Mono Way, Morning Star Drive and Greenly Road. Sonora police Chief Mark Stinson said officials believe the sightings are of the same lion.
Police described the lion as 120 to 140 pounds.
Police said mountain lions are frequently seen in the Sonora area, but usually in the fall. The lions travel great distances and are normally only around for a few weeks before moving to another area.
Police remind residents not to leave small children unattended and to bring small pets indoors at night.
Police said mountain lions can sometimes become aggressive, but there have been no reports of this lion showing signs of aggression or killing animals in Sonora.
Police ask residents who see a mountain lion to call the nearest law enforcement agency or the state Department of Fish and Game.