Fox mistaken for bobcat prompts brief lock down at South Florida school

Published On: Sep 16 2013 06:08:55 PM EDT

"I ran and grabbed the only weapon-like thing I can find and that was a broomstick," Black said. "I grabbed that and ran out the door yelling and at that point the bobcat got up and walked away."


South Florida officials locked down an elementary school after a what they thought was a bobcat was spotted wandering the campus.

Officials later said that animal was actually a fox.

Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens was locked down for about a half-hour Monday morning.

Palm Beach County School District spokesman Owen Torres says the fox was cornered by a private contractor hired by the district.

Torres tells The Palm Beach Post that the fox will be turned over to state wildlife officials.

Officials were initially worried about a possible bobcat on campus because they 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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