SAN DIEGO - School officials are on the lookout Tuesday morning after a bobcat was spotted on the grounds of Westview High School in San Diego's Torrey Highlands neighborhood two days in a row.
The bobcat was last spotted Monday, police said.
Someone at the school saw the animal in an area west of the bleachers at the 13500 Camino del Sur campus and called police around 4:30 p.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.
The bobcat did not attack anyone, Delimitros said.
"When I saw it, it was asleep," said Randy Eskridge.
He said he knows they roam in the nearby canyon, but he has never seen one that close.
"The police had found it and called animal control and they basically told us to keep an eye on it, and if it did anything, have the kids make a lot of noise," said Eskridge. "Since it was a band that wasn't a problem for the kids."
On the football field and in the stands, hundreds of students and parents gathered for a county-wide high school band tournament.
"We were all just standing back there watching it," Dan Brenner told 10News after he shared the photo he took. "It totally ignored us. It didn't care about us at all."
One participant from Westview High School said it made for an exciting evening.
"Yeah, it was kind of cool," said student Christian Carrillo. "You know, two fun things going on at the same time."
His father, Miguel Carrillo, was one of the first to spot it, just after 1 p.m. He says the parents quickly thought of a plan.
"My job was security (for the tournament), so I went down and sure enough, he was there," he said.
The parents devised a safety plan that included sending a text message, like the one that was sent at 6 p.m. The text read, "Bobcat is on the run … pass it on to whoever needs to know."
The California Department of Fish and Game was not responding to the incident because the bobcat would likely run off, Delimitros said.
Fortunately, the bobcat moved away from the field.
A 10News viewer told our crew, a bobcat was seen in the same area the previous night.