The cougar, commonly known as mountain lion, puma, mountain cat, catamount, or panther, has been seen the last few days in SaddleBrooke. Over the twenty years that I have been here I have seen them several times. Usually at night when I am cruising the roads looking for interesting specimens. I first became aware of this mother and I assume youngster when they were spotted by residents drinking from a pond in their backyard. They took a picture and sent it to me and I was able to distinguish that they were indeed cougars.
On December 10th at 7pm, I was called by Patrol to put down a deer that was mortally wounded when hit by a car on SaddleBrooke Blvd. We dragged the carcass off to the side of the road until we could get a crew to pick it up in the morning. I came with a crew around 6:30 in the morning only to find that the carcass had been dragged into a ravine and was being attended to by a cougar. Since the carcass was half eaten, we set up a trail camera. The next morning the carcass was completely devoured and we had over 150 pictures of the two cougars and four coyotes that had feasted off and on during the night.
Why are they here?
I believe that one attraction is the number of animals killed and injured on our roads. I personally removed three deer and two coyotes killed on SaddleBrooke Blvd in the last month. The fact that they are here and being seen in a yard during daylight is of some concern since they are usually wary of people and their surroundings.
Cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare and occur much less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes or fatal bee stings. Children are particularly vulnerable. The majority of the child victims were not accompanied by adults.
As with many predators, a cougar may attack if cornered, if a fleeing human stimulates their instinct to chase, or if a person "plays dead." Standing still however may cause the cougar to consider a person easy prey. Exaggerating the threat to the animal through intense eye contact, loud shouting, and any other action to appear larger and more menacing is effective in persuading a cougar to disengage.
If you feel concerned I would recommend purchasing a “Pet Corrector” available at Rawhide Feed store in Catalina or other feed or pet supply. If approached by any animal, domestic or wild, a shot from this will send them away in a hurry!
The CDC has issued a warning in regards to romaine lettuce, stating that it is not safe for consumption in any manner due to possible e-coli contamination. This includes hole head, hearts, chopped or in lettuce blends. The CDC also recommends that you discard any that you may have in your home and wash and disinfect the bins and counters that it has touched. The Food and Beverage Department takes the safety and health of our residents and staff very seriously. Due to this warning, we will not sell any romaine lettuce until further notice. Caesar salads will be off the menu and all spring mix/romaine blend lettuce will be replaced with spring mix/iceberg.
SaddleBrooke One Communication
Readers Choice Awards:
SaddleBrooke One wins high praise at 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards
The Arizona Daily Star Readers' Choice Awards Ceremony was held at the Starr Pass JW Marriott on Wednesday, August 29. SaddleBrooke One was the winner of two categories: Best Master-Planned Community and Best Benefits Program. SaddleBrooke One took second place in five categories, and general manager Vivian Timian was third place in the category of best boss.
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December 16, 2018
The erosion control was completed in Unit 21. Our Common Area Maintenance Team planted on the hillside. An outside company provided hydroseeding for the finishing touch.
We are tracing a water leak in our irrigation system by the upper firepit. Some bad pipe has already been located and removed. We are continuing to look for additional bad areas in the pipe.
The 2018 Annual Mailing has gone out, which includes a
green HUD Form to be completed and returned to the Administration Office. This form is required by HUD to be completed every 2 years to maintain our status of an Age-Restricted Community. Thank you to all residents for returning this form and helping us to keep our current status.
SaddleBrooke One is hiring for the position of Patrol Officer. This is the ideal position for a resident looking for part-time work. An applicant must possess the following:
High School Diploma
A driver’s license in good standing with the State of Arizona and must be able to be covered under the Association’s auto policy.
Basic computer knowledge, including keyboarding skills
As a member of the Patrol team, you work 8 hour shifts 24/7, 365 days a year to provide for the safety and security of all SaddleBrooke One residents and guests. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner when on duty and enforce the community rules and regulations. You are required to work all three regular patrol shifts, weekends and holidays based upon your agreed availability. You are required to participate in all scheduled Patrol meetings and training sessions.
Benefits include free golf, eligibility to participate in the SaddleBrooke One 401(K) plan
and paid sick time.
If interested, here are ways to apply:
Stop by the Administration Office and fill out an application
Contact John Hoehne @ 825-3048 ext. 103
Apply HERE or online at https:\\hire.saddlebrookeone.org
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Clubs & Groups
December 16, 2018
For a complete list of sanctioned clubs and groups in SaddleBrooke One, visit the Clubs & Groups section of our web page: /sb_clubs-and-groups-1384.html. You may search alphabetically or by category.
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Join the Barbershop Singers
The Barbershop Chorus of SaddleBrooke meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the Agate Room of the HOA2 Arts & Crafts Center, 38725 S Mountainview Blvd. We have been singing in SaddleBrooke since 1998, and now number about 25 singers. We are part of the international Barbershop Harmony Society. We would love to have any men who like singing to try us out – you will find it is a unique singing style. We have tenors (high notes), leads (melody), and the low voices singing baritone and bass. We do not compete. Our goal is to have fun in addition to singing well. We do performances a few times a year, as well as a concert at Desertview Theatre in December.
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ROTARY CLUB OF SADDLEBROOKE
Agave Front Lounge - SaddleBrooke One
Thursdays 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is an award winning club that is packed with energetic volunteers of all ages coming together as friends in Rotary to assist area schools, our community, and international philanthropies. Rotary is open to those who live or work in SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, and all surrounding communities.
Saturday, December 29th: Club Social. See the Bulletin for more details!
Thursday, January 3: The HOA1 Fitness Center will speak on “Fitness, Fit For You.”
Thursday, January 10th: Dr. Dan Twelkerwill give an update of Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity (VOSH).
Thursday, January 24th: Mark Miller will speak on “Changes in the 2019 Tax Laws”. If this sounds like something of interest to you, come join us for lunch on Thursday at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. For more information, contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or
SaddleBrooke Bereavement Support Group No Cost to Attend
No Commitment to Come Back
Every Sunday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse, HOA#1, Coyote Room South (Lower level) 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.
Support groups provide a confidential forum, to share feelings, concerns and information as a way of supporting and encouraging each other.
*Sponsored by SaddleBrooke Health & Wellness
For information or questions, please call 520-825-8980
SADDLEBROOKE STROKE/NEUROLOGICAL SUPPORT GROUP
All care-givers of neurologically impaired loved ones
Please join us for sharing of information and support meeting
Friday December 21st, 11:30am-1:00pm, Preserve Clubhouse, Rm#1
Lunch available from standard menu. Beverage service also available
Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 19th to Marilyn Sellers 818-0965 or email@example.com Looking forward to seeing many of you.
SADDLEBROOKE WESTERN HERITAGE PRESERVATION CLUB
The next meeting of the Club is January 4, 2019, HOA #1 Activity Center at 6:00 PM. Our featured entertainer for this meeting is Barry Ward, outstanding western singer, songwriter and guitar picker. The meeting is open to Club members and non-members. Member donation is $10 per person and $15 for non-members, collected at the door. Reservations can be made by e-mail to
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Windy City Club - Save the Date
The Windy City Club, with over 140 members, is pleased to announce its fifth consecutive annual social event will be held Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the RoadRunner Grill. This is the Windy City Club’s signature social event, and as with the five past events, will be filled with lively conversation, games, food, great prizes and lots of fun!
Call Maureen Van Dorn at 520-419-6698 for information.
Church & Bible Study
Resurrection at SaddleBrooke Church
Services are at 9:00am & 10:30am
If you have any questions, please call Judy at 818-6758.
Community Church at SaddleBrooke
Sunday Service 8:30am DesertView Theatre
Join us for our first-time-ever Christmas Cantata by the choir, December 9th, 8:30am service.
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