|The captured bear|
The last day of classes in an elementary school and a graduation ceremony at an adjacent school were interrupted by an unexpected guest. A black bear wandered onto the school property and sent everyone running.
Kern County animal control officers said the young black bear approached Ramon Garza Elementary School in Bakersfield, California, on Thursday, forcing the students, who were outside, to return to their classrooms. Students and parents, who were attending the graduation ceremony in the adjacent Sierra High School, were surprised to see a bear.
A teacher called police as the bear approached the schools, but the animal kept its distance and no one was in danger. Within minutes, officers cornered the animal in an apartment complex, hit it with a stun gun, and loaded it onto a truck.
The bear was then released back into its natural habitat near the Tejon Ranch, 1 and a half hours south of Bakersfield. Authorities believe that the 150-pound, 3-year-old bear followed the Kern River into the city.