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UPDATE: Mountain lion spotted near Paso Robles school

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 21:33:31-04

UPDATE: Paso Robles police say the mountain lion, estimated to weigh 60 pounds, was caught at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and safely released "back into the wild."

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ORIGINAL STORY: California Department of Fish & Wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on a mountain lion that was spotted Tuesday near Kermit King Elementary School in Paso Robles.

Captain Todd Tognazzini says the sub adult lion was spotted in heavy vegetation next to a perimeter fence at the school by people out walking their dogs.

Tognazzini says they've made the decision to watch the animal to make sure it doesn't cause any issues, expecting it to wander back toward the greenbelt or Salinas Riverbed around dusk.

If school had been in session, the mountain lion would have been darted and the school placed on lockdown, Tognazzini added.