Even while looking at the mountain lion, Daniel Thompson and Bob Loder said they doubted their own eyes Friday morning.
They said they saw a big, agile, orangish-brown cat stretching out in a pine tree next door.
Loder called 911, leading Tucson police and wildlife managers to begin searching in vain for the animal in the 100 block of West Prince Road, between Oracle Road and Stone Avenue.
Between 9 and 10 a.m., eight police officers and two Arizona Game and Fish Department officers were rapping on trailers and peering into overturned trash cans in apartment complexes and trailer courts, but they never found the cat. [Tucson Region]