BOISE -- Police are warning residents to be careful after a mountain lion was spotted in a Boise neighborhood Monday morning.

The big cat was reported just before 7 a.m. near South Intercon Way and Grand Forest Drive.

Officers responded to the area and searched on foot for the animal, but couldn't find it. Schools in the area have been notified to be on the lookout, and police remain on scene.

Police cautioned residents to be aware of their surroundings, and not try to feed, pet or catch wild animals. In addition, people should keep a close eye on small children and pets, especially during dawn, dusk and night hours when mountain lions are most active.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, you should not run if you encounter a mountain lion. Instead, instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. If a child is with you, pick him or her up.

If attacked by a mountain lion, you are advised to fight back.

Anyone who spots a mountain lion in city limits is asked to call police immediately.