Residents near the California Aqueduct, be warned: There's a very big stray cat in the neighborhood.

"We have had a mountain lion sighting out in the aqueduct area," city spokeswoman Kim Summers said Friday. "The city has sent out two [automated] Connect-CTY calls that there was a sighting."

But a sighting and actually tracking the animal to a lair are two different things entirely.

"We have attempted to track it. It has not attacked anyone or anything that we know of," Summers said. "We can't find it. We've just seen tracks."

If this story seems familiar, it should: Mountain lions, bears and other animals showing up in Victor Valley communities is a seasonal occurrence.

"If you live anywhere near the vicinity of the aqueduct, this time of year bears, mountain lions, cougars, they all come up the aqueduct looking for food and water," Summers said. "We tell residents, you know, to watch small children, not leave small dogs out, especially out at night. Do not leave dog food out, things like that."

Residents who encounter a mountain lion, or other large wild animal, should call Hesperia Animal Control at 947-1713. If you are in imminent danger from the animal, call 947-1707.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.