Bobcat near Reardan High School campus prompts brief lockdown

REARDAN, Wash. - On Thursday morning, there was some confusion regarding a bobcat in the area of Reardan High School.

The Superintendent of the Reardan-Edwall School District alerted parents Thursday morning that a cougar was seen about a block away from the Reardan High School campus.

However, Brian Scott, Chief Security Officer for the Reardan-Edwall School District, later clarified the animal was actually a bobcat.

At 10:08 a.m., Superintendent Marcus Morgan said all students were safe and being kept inside on a modified lockdown. When we spoke to Scott at 10:20 a.m., he did not believe students were in immediate danger and said the lockdown would be lifted shortly.

Washington's Department of Fish & Wildlife has been contacted.

Scott said the district had a cougar sighting in the early fall, but clarified that this is not the same animal.

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