If a bunch of drunk, loud, obnoxious college-aged kids floating down the Lower Salt River on tubes isn't enough to keep you away from what is otherwise a gorgeous part of the Valley, now you have large felines with the capability of tearing you to shreds to worry about -- several mountain lions have been spotted in the area in recent months.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says there have been several sightings of the beasts near the Phon D Sutton and Granite Reef recreation areas over the past few months, which is exactly where thousands of people will take to the tubes once the summer heat arrives.
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Even when it's not tubing season, those areas are popular spots for camping, fishing, kayaking, and other river-related activities. Mountain lions weigh anywhere from 115-220 pounds, are about two feet tall, and have teeth that could tear a person apart. Needless to say, there's cause for concern.
The AGFD reports that the cats haven't caused any trouble -- yet -- and they haven't been bothering anyone.
They say, despite the animals being large, dangerous animals, there's no reason to be concerned -- mountain lion attacks in Arizona are rare. While there have been human deaths caused by mountain lions in other states -- like California and Colorado -- there has never been a reported death caused by a mountain lion in Arizona.
That said, there are still lions roaming around an area of the Valley frequently used by humans -- so be careful.