A janitor at a northern California school had quite the shock the other day as he stumbled upon a mountain lion that had somehow broken into the school and wandered around in the night.
A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious young 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. "The custodian acted quickly and managed to shut the door behind it."
A cougar sighting is very rare, and I've done two cougar stories in two days on Not the Bee.
Something is happening with these mountain lions.
This time the animal didn't seem to pose a danger.
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-TV reported.
This guy was just a poor sick kitten wandering around.
He may not have even been in good enough shape to survive long in the wild.
Amy Wooliever, the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District superintendent, told CBS San Francisco they've had encounters with mountain lions before, but not quite like this.
"We have had occasions where a mountain lion has walked by the elementary school along the ridge and such, so we are used to that out here," she said. But, having one in a classroom - I honestly thought it was a senior prank at first because it was the day before school is out."
Honestly, a mountain lion walking the ridge stalking an elementary school is much, much more frightening to me than a sick, wounded cougar in an empty hallway.
It looks like we might be entering the summer of the puma.
Y'all be careful out there.
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