A young bobcat is believed to be hiding in the bushes of a high school courtyard, San Diego County Animal Services officials said Wednesday.
The animal was spotted on the grounds of Rancho Bernardo High School just after 10 a.m., according to school district officials.
School administrators called the San Diego police school resource officer as well as animal control officials soon after the sighting.
Students were kept in their classrooms and the school staff was working to keep the courtyard clear, according to RBHS Principal Dave LeMaster.
The bobcat was described as a juvenile by Dan Desousa, the spokesperson with County Animal Services.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted.
Bobcats live throughout most of California and are known to create dens in rocky areas or dense brush.
Their diet includes rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as grass, fruits and other vegetation.
State law permits hunting of bobcats from mid-October to the end of February.
Rancho Bernardo High School is located on Paseo Lucido and is part of the Poway Unified School District.
No other information was available.
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