Janitor Traps Cougar in English Classroom

'Lost' animal wandered into California high school
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2022 4:27 AM CDT
'Lost' Mountain Lion Gets Trapped in Classroom
A mountain lion is seen after it entered an empty high school classroom in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, June 1, 2022.   (Javier Acosta/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious cougar in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school Wednesday morning, authorities said. The custodian was opening Pescadero High for the school day when the juvenile mountain lion was spotted, said Detective Javier Acosta with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. No students or teachers were on campus at the time, Acosta said. "The mountain lion casually walked through campus and decided to go into an English classroom," he said, per the AP. "The custodian acted quickly and managed to shut the door behind it."

Acosta said the animal, estimated to be about 40 pounds, 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 estimated to be 4 to 6 months old and had a fractured tooth that will need to be extracted before the cat can be released back into the wild, KTVU reports. Pescadero is a small coastal community about 35 miles south of San Francisco and residents say mountain lion sightings are not unusual, though this appears to be the first time one has entered a school.

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