Mountain lion walks into California high school classroom, officials say

California wildlife authorities are trying to remove a baby mountain lion after it wanders off to a high school in San Mateo County.

The lion was discovered just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in a classroom at Pescadero High School as custodial staff prepared to open, a spokesperson for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.

“No student or staff member was ever in danger as the school was not yet open,” the spokesperson said.

It is not known how the lion got into the school. He is currently confined to the classroom.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are at the school, located about 60 miles southwest of San Jose, trying to remove the animal safely and humanely.

They tried to ‘let him out on his own’, but the lion didn’t leave as he appeared to be ‘lost and scared’, the sheriff’s office spokesman said.

The strange encounter did not delay the start of the school year. Students and staff are currently inside the building but not using the classroom occupied by the lion, the sheriff’s office said.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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