'Jaywalking' mountain lion eludes capture in San Mateo

‘Swift-acting’ Pescadero High custodian contains mountain lion that entered campus in English classroom

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All students and staff are confirmed safe at Pescadero High School, where a mountain lion entered the school Wednesday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

“A swift-acting custodian took the opportunity to shut the door on the lion, keeping it contained to the English classroom,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the animal at about 8:23 a.m.

“Upon arrival, deputies were able to confirm it was a mountain lion and dispatch the California Department of Fish and Wildlife,” officials said.

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife arrived on scene at about 9:30 a.m. to form a plan to safely and humanely release the animal back into the wild.

The mountain lion was subsequently removed safely. It is believed to be a male about 6-8 months old and was set to be transported to Oakland Zoo for a health assessment.

There is no threat to public safety at this time, the Sheriff’s Office said. Check back for updates.

Photo courtesy of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (Not the lion mentioned in article)