A California resident misjudged the situation after mistaking a large house cat for a mountain lion.

In a March 26 Facebook post, the South San Francisco Police Department explained that they were called to a residential area for a possible cougar sighting.

“That's a BIG cat!” the post began. “This morning, a South San Francisco resident reported seeing a mountain lion via the RING camera shortly after 7 a.m. in the 200 block of Mansfield Drive.”

Authorities rushed to the scene to deal with the potentially dangerous creature – but had no luck finding it.

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The South San Francisco Police Department reported that a large cat was mistaken for a cougar. (South San Francisco Police Department)

“Officers conducted a check of the area but were unable to locate this furry guy and there were no additional sightings,” the office said.

In an update, officers said they were “happy to report there is no potential threat to the neighborhood.”

However, authorities have advised residents on what they should do if they see a mountain lion in the flesh.

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California mountain lion

A California mountain lion. (nps.gov)

“Just in case, we wanted to share some tips on what to do if you spot one of these guys, or any wildlife, in your neighborhood,” the department explained.

“If confronted with a mountain lion, make your presence known; make noise, try to appear larger, and back away slowly.”

The police department also asks residents not to leave their pets' food outside, as this may attract mountain lions to suburban areas.

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“Report any encounter or incident with mountain lions to your local Police Department, local ranger district or Fish and Wildlife office,” the post added.

South San Francisco Police Department exterior

The South San Francisco Police Department made a humorous post about the incident on March 27. (Google Maps)

“We would like to remind our residents to avoid mountain lions, even from a distance, a brief glimpse should be cause for alarm.”

Residents in the comments section of the Facebook post were excited about the news.

“If that's what she considered a mountain lion, I hate to see what she would consider my house cats!” one person wrote.

“I think it looks like a bigfoot,” joked another.

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The file photo shows a mountain lion photographed in November 2014 in the Griffith Park area near downtown Los Angeles. (U.S. National Park Service, via AP, File)

Fox News Digital has reached out to the South San Francisco Police Department for comment. No additional details were available.

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