Environment & Science

LA high school lockdown ends after mountain lion roams campus, surrounding neighborhood

Authorities tranquilize a mountain lion after it ran loose on the John F. Kennedy High School campus and in a nearby Granada Hills neighborhood on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Authorities tranquilize a mountain lion after it ran loose on the John F. Kennedy High School campus and in a nearby Granada Hills neighborhood on Friday, April 15, 2016.
NBC L.A.
Authorities tranquilize a mountain lion after it ran loose on the John F. Kennedy High School campus and in a nearby Granada Hills neighborhood on Friday, April 15, 2016.
A mountain lion loose on the campus of John F. Kennedy High School prompted a lockdown on Friday, April 15, 2016.
NBC L.A.


John F. Kennedy High School was locked down thanks to a mountain lion sighting, but the animal was eventually tranquilized by authorities in a nearby Granada Hills neighborhood. 

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife game warden responded to the scene, and the Los Angeles Police Department secured the area, said Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan.

“I want to reassure people that this animal looks like he’s in distress, but he’s not,” Hughan told KPCC media partner NBC L.A. 

The mountain lion was shot by a tranquilizing dart at the school, but it proceeded to hop a fence and jump on the roofs of neighboring homes. It wandered through the neighborhood and eventually landed in a front yard, where it was shot with another tranquilizing dart and taken in by authorities. 

The mountain lion will be taken back to the wild, Hughan said, though he noted that the agency would not specify where they were taking it in order to protect the lion from hunters. 

It's likely that the mountain lion followed some sort of prey to the campus, Hughan said. Now that the school's lockdown has been lifted, the school day will continue normally, according to the campus's automated phone system.