A 250-pound animal sent Morro Bay High School into lockdown Thursday and garnered the attention of multiple law enforcement agencies.
Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a citizen spotted a young black bear at Morro Rock and reported it to the Morro Bay Police Department.
Morro Bay police, Cal Fire and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife then spent several hours corralling the bear, which was walking through thick shrubbery on the north side of the rock near the water. A crowd formed in the area to watch the bear and take photos, but the nearby high school entered lockdown at the request of the police department and the students had to stay in their classrooms.
Around 10:30 a.m., Fish and Wildlife workers managed to subdue the bear using tranquilizer guns, and a veterinarian from San Luis Obispo County Animal Services examined the animal.
Officials then loaded the bear in a truck and transported it to an unknown location in the Los Padres National Forest.
Director of marketing for the California State Parks Jim Allen said officers could not determine where the bear came from.
“They did see footprints in a variety of places,” Allen said.