The Turlock Unified School District is warning parents of a recent mountain lion sighting in Turlock and asking parents take necessary steps to ensure the safety of their students.
A mountain lion was seen on Tuesday at 1:04 a.m. by an off-duty police officer, from an agency other than the Turlock Police Department, on the 1900 block of Quincy Road, near Lynborough Court. Four minutes later a mountain lion was reportedly seen near Zeering Road and Santa Fe Avenue.
This was the first confirmed sighting since 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. On Sept. 23, following several unfounded sightings, the search was called off.
The District is encouraging parents to transport their students to and from school for the next few days. Students are also encouraged to walk in groups if walking to and from Turlock High, Julien Elementary, and Dutcher Middle school campuses.
TUSD will continue to communicate with the authorities and the Department of Fish and Wildlife,” TUSD said in a statement. “School sites will continue to closely monitor student and staff safety, and updated information will be provided to parents as it becomes available.”