The Kern County Sheriff's Office said Friday evening that there have been reports of a mountain lion being seen in the residential areas of Golden Hills in recent weeks.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified and is "actively working with area residents to resolve this issue in the safest manner possible for the residents and the mountain lion," a KCSO news release said.
The sheriff's office urged residents to report any sightings at wildlife.ca.gov.
But if humans are in immediate physical danger, call 911, the sheriff's office wrote.
It offered these tips:
• Keep in mind that a variety of wildlife lives in Kern County.
• If you live in an area with wildlife nearby, remember that feeding wildlife might attract predators.
• Be mindful of pets. Also, bring their food inside so it does not attract wildlife.
• Mountain lions are predators and are most active at dawn, dusk and at night.