Uninvited bobcat visits Missouri school

Uninvited bobcat visits Northland elementary school

Posted on Mon, Nov. 24, 2008

A bobcat was removed from the grounds of Maplewood Elementary before classes began this morning, North Kansas City School District officials said.

Jody Paul, owner of Critter Catchers, a wild animal relocation company, worked with a Missouri conservation official to trap the cat, which weighed about 30 pounds. No tranquilizers were used. Instead, workers used spray from a fire extinguisher to herd the cat into the cage about 8 a.m. It will be released into a wildlife area, Paul said.

The bobcat had been lying next to a side door at the school. School security and police kept bystanders back as they arrived for the school day, said Jon Brady, the district’s safety and security coordinator.

Bobcats circulate in this area, but they’re not really a danger unless they become cornered or threatened, Paul said.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/906830.html

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