Bear Disrupts California School Graduation

May 31, 2012 8:59pm
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Kim Rodriguez/Kern County Animal Control

A black bear that disrupted a California school graduation today has been released back into the wild, authorities said.

The 200-pound black bear was seen roaming the grounds near Ramon Garza Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif. Kern County Animal Control officials used a Taser to subdue the bear.

A teacher noticed the bear and then alerted officials, ABC News affiliate KERO reported. The school was later locked down.

A graduation ceremony was taking place at the time at the middle school next to Ramon Garza Elementary.

Callers to 911 described the animal’s movement through the school’s campus parking lot and as it approached a nearby apartment complex.

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