PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — South Florida officials locked down an elementary school after a bobcat was spotted wandering the campus.
Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens was locked down for about a half-hour Monday morning until the animal was captured.
Palm Beach County School District spokesman Owen Torres says the bobcat was caught by a private contractor hired by the district.
Torres tells The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/19XypmS ) that the cat will be turned over to state wildlife officials.
Bobcats can grow up to 20 pounds. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bobcats have a natural fear of people. Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson says bobcats are shy and reclusive. She also says that the only time there might be a concern would be if the bobcat had rabies.
Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com