The cougar was first spotted at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills around 7 a.m., KTLA reported.The school, whose mascot is coincidentally a golden cougar, was locked down after the mountain lion was spotted again before noon.
At about 12:40 p.m., the animal was spotted on a school fence. It jumped off the fence onto the street and ran in front of a police car into the front yard of a home. An animal control officer shot the cat with a tranquilizer dart, and it could be seen slowly crawling and writhing in the yard until the tranquilizer rendered it unconscious.
The cougar was to be removed and returned to the wild, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.