Bear at Morro Rock sends high school into lockdown

May 10, 2013

BlackBearA 250-pound animal sent Morro Bay High School into lockdown Thursday and garnered the attention of multiple law enforcement agencies. [Tribune]

Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a citizen spotted a young black bear at Morro Rock and reported it to the Morro Bay Police Department.

Morro Bay police, Cal Fire and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife then spent several hours corralling the bear, which was walking through thick shrubbery on the north side of the rock near the water. A crowd formed in the area to watch the bear and take photos, but the nearby high school entered lockdown at the request of the police department and the students had to stay in their classrooms.

Around 10:30 a.m., Fish and Wildlife workers managed to subdue the bear using tranquilizer guns, and a veterinarian from San Luis Obispo County Animal Services examined the animal.

Officials then loaded the bear in a truck and transported it to an unknown location in the Los Padres National Forest.

Director of marketing for the California State Parks Jim Allen said officers could not determine where the bear came from.

“They did see footprints in a variety of places,” Allen said.




  1. Pelican1 says:

    Poor guy was just trying to get his bearings.

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    • Ted Slanders says:


      I can see that you’re still writing your own material.

      Let me know if you want to advance to a higher degree of material because I’ll be happy to share with you.

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  2. tomsquawk says:

    Here is the real question. Is that Bear Republican or Democrat?

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  3. Jack L says:

    Just think, there is one bear left in the area. I bet the berg of Los Osos is delighted.

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  4. Pelican1 says:

    Look for the, Bear Necessities
    The simple bear Necessitites,
    Forget about your worries and your strife.
    I mean the, Bear Necessities
    Oh, Mother Nature’s recipies that bring the Bear Necessities to life.

    Where-ever I wander, where-ever I rome,
    I couldn’t be fonder, of my big home.
    The bees are buzzin in the trees
    To make some honey just for me.
    When you look under the rocks and plants,
    Take a glance at the fancy ants
    And maybe try a few!
    The Bear Necessities of life will come to you!

    Look for the Bear Necessities,
    The simple Bear Necessities,
    Forget about your worries and your strife!
    I mean the Bear Necessities,
    It’s why a bear can rest-at-ease
    With just the Bear Necessities of life!

    Now when you pick a raw paw, or prickly pear.
    And you pick a raw paw, next time beware.
    Don’t pick the prickly pear by paw
    When you try to pick, try to use the claw.
    But you don’t need to use the claw
    When you pick-a-pear from the big paw paw.
    Have I given you a clue?

    The Bear Necessities of life will come to you
    (They’ll come to me)
    They’ll come to you.

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  5. Ted Slanders says:

    OH MY GOD, NO!

    As the TRUE Christian realizes, our God does not like kids that make fun of bald people. Therefore, since this bear showed up at Morro Bay High School, then are we to assume that one of the teachers was bald, and one of the students made fun of this fact? Did our God send a bear to seek this student out in like manner to the biblical scenario shown below?

    “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.” (2 Kings 2:23-24)

    I love how Elisha takes it to the point of invoking the name of our Hebrew-Christian God to help him in this unfortunate matter. Therefore, our God sends two bears out of the woods to maul and kill the unruly forty-two youths! Not only does this happen, but our God obviously condones it because it did happen, praise His revenge!

    We Christians are constantly asking for prayer in schools to help get today’s kids in line with biblical principles, but I beg to differ. We need BEARS in schools. If every teacher had the power to summon a pair of child-maiming grizzly avengers, you can bet that our schoolchildren would be the most well-behaved and polite children that ever existed!

    It’s a simple choice: listen to the biology lesson, or get firsthand knowledge of the digestive system of Ursus horribilis!

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    • kettle says:

      Ted Slanders says:”If every teacher had the power to summon a pair of child-maiming grizzly avengers, you can bet that our schoolchildren would be the most well-behaved and polite children that ever existed!”

      After a time the bears. would also be well-behaved and polite.

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    • obispan says:

      Ursus americanus, Einstein. Not a grizzly bear, a small (relatively) and pleasant bear that is the world’s most populous bear species. Think Winnie The Pooh looking for honey, or Smokie, a real american black bear.

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      • Ted Slanders says:


        I was using Ursus Horribilis in a generalization since it is a large and feared bear to make a point, get it? Now you do.

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  6. Niles Q says:

    This article is wrong. Morro Bay High wasn’t “locked down” it was “secured in place.”
    The difference is that the students weren’t locked in their classrooms like if someone with a gun were spotted. They attended all their classes, moving from one room to another, and had morning break too.
    They just were not allowed to leave campus.
    MBHS is an open campus and the kids come and go all day. The police chief said they secured the campus because by the 10 a.m. break, the bear sighting was all over Facebook and being tweeted about, so they were worried ALL the kids would take off at break to go see the bear.
    The school was secured to prevent that, not because they were worried about any danger from this animal.
    In that respect it seems logical, there were enough lookie-loos ditching work and other responsibilities down at the Rock that morning (me too).

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    • obispan says:

      All the kids SHOULD have taken off at break. In the 70’s the teachers would have been leading us and making sure we got to look but stayed back out of the way.

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  7. LAH says:

    That is Very strange that a 250 lb bear could get out to the Rock without being seen somewhere along the way. I do understand he was found early in the morning, but WOW How in the world did he make his way to the Rock?

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    • r0y says:

      Makes you wonder if he swam some of the way?

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    • cch says:

      Animals often travel along creeks. There are two creeks that run down from the mountains, join near the freeway, and head straight to the beach in that area.

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    • easymoney says:

      Easy really, it walked down the creek bed from up in the LPNF probably near Cerro Alto.

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    • mustangglp says:

      No doubt came in on a panga boat

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    • Myself says:

      Most likely came thru Morro Creek under the freeway right thru the homeless camp, that shoulda cleared out some campers.

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    • obispan says:

      Not strange at all. You need to get out of your car and go hiking. There are these things called “creeks”, which are waterways unimpeded by fences or roads that run from the inland mountains to the ocean. At the ocean there are wide open areas called “beaches”. You can actually walk from Morro Rock to downtown Cayucos.

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  8. tomsquawk says:

    look for the zipper

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