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Colorado High School on Lockdown After Mountain Lion Spotted on Campus

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#BREAKING: Heritage High School on lockdown due to a report of a MOUNTAIN LION on campus.

— 7NEWS Denver Channel (@DenverChannel) December 17, 2013

A mountain lion on campus at Heritage High School near Denver, Colorado has cause a lockdown at the school. According to 9News, a couple walking their dog and a student saw the animal separately. Police responded to the scene but only found paw prints that they believe belong to the animal.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The School is a Football Rival of Arophoe High School

Heritage High School is close to Arophoe High School where a shooting took place less than a week. The two schools compete in the Brookridge Trophy in football each year.

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2. The Last Fatal Mountain Lion Attack Was in New Mexico

Mountain Lion Littleton High School

(Wikipedia)

There hasn’t been a fatal mountain lion attack in the US since 2008. In that incident, Robert Nawojski, 55, was killed by mountain lion close to his home in Silver City, New Mexico. It’s believed he was shaving close to his mobile home when he was attacked. The animal dragged his body further away, ate parts of him and buried others.


3. Heritage is One of the Best Ranked Schools in the State

Heritage is considered one of the best schools in Colorado. It has an enrollment of around 1600 students.


4. The School Was Talked About in an Anti-Gun Documentary

Heritage High School is the alma-mater of South Park creator Matt Stone. He spoke badly about the school in Michael Moore’s documentary Bowling For Columbine.


5. Children Are the Most Common Human Prey For Mountain Lions

According to experts, children are at the greatest risk from mountain lion attacks. 65% of victims are children with mountain lions preferring to attack the jugular.

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