(WASHINGTON TIMES) – Students and teachers at a Los Angeles high school missed their lunch break Friday after a mountain lion strolled onto campus and tried to join them.
The big 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 arrive and knock the animal out with a couple of tranquilizer darts, said Andrew Hughan, state Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman.
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When officers arrived, the mountain lion bolted into a nearby backyard but quickly grew sleepy and confused after the darts hit.
"He's 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 2 or 3 years old.