PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) — A quick-thinking guard safely confined a curious mountain lion to an empty classroom after entering a northern California high school Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The warden was opening Pescadero High for the school day when the juvenile cougar was spotted, said Detective Javier Acosta of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. No students or teachers were on campus at the time, Acosta said.
“The cougar casually walked across campus and decided to go to an English classroom,” he said. “The guard acted quickly and managed to close the door behind him.”
Acosta said the animal, estimated to be around 40 pounds (18 kilos), appeared “lost and scared”.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized the cat and sent it to the Oakland Zoo for examination.
The underweight male was 4 to 6 months old and had a fractured tooth that will need to be extracted before the cat can be released into the wild, KTVU-TV reported.
Pescadero is a small coastal community about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of San Francisco.
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