Bobcat prompts elementary school lockdown in South Florida

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (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 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.

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