Crews work to corral mountain lion that triggered high school campus lockdown

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 5:45 PM

The large cat was spotted walking across the quad at John F. Kennedy High School shortly after noon. Instead of sitting down to eat, students and teachers quickly secured themselves in classrooms and called authorities.

Crews work to corral mountain lion that triggered high school campus lockdown

Students and teachers at a LA high school missed their lunch crack Friday after a mountain lion strolled onto campus and tried to join them.

The huge cat was spotted walking across the quad at John F. Kennedy High School shortly after noon. Instead of sitting down to eat, students and teachers quickly secured themselves in classrooms and called authorities.

Police sealed off the area until a game warden could come and knock the animal out with a couple of tranquilizer darts, said Andrew Hughan, state Dept of Fish and Wildlife spokesman.

When officers arrived, the mountain lion bolted into a nearby backyard but quickly grew drowsy and confused after the darts hit.

"He'south on his way back to the Santa Susana Mountains, in what we call suitable habitat," Hughan said, adding that the animal appeared to be healthy and about two or three years old.

The dept later posted a video on Twitter of the "groggy" large cat returning to the wilderness.

Kennedy High School is in the city'south Granada Hills section, on the edge of mountain lion country. Still, it'd to journey a couple of miles through a large residential neighborhood, across a golf course and around a freeway to get there.

"Probably what happened was it was chasing a deer, a rabbit or a dog late latest night for food, and it looked up this morning, saw the school and thought, 'Oh, oh, I'm in trouble now," Hughan said.

Mountain lions straggle into cities somewhere in CA every few weeks, he added, but this one got more attention than normal when it caused a school lockdown.

"Be assured that all students and staff are safe," school executive said in an outgoing telephone recording.

A well-known mountain lion known as P-22 has been wandering the Hollywood Hills close Griffith Park, a sprawling urban wilderness, for some time.

P-22 was accused for devouring a koala in the park's LA Zoo latest month, but it remains favorite sufficient to have its own Facebook page.

The animal wears a tracking collar and was famously photographed close the Hollywood sign for National Geographic.

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