MEDFORD, Ore. — Lone Pine Elementary in Medford went into lock-out on Friday after reports of a cougar sighting in the area, according to the Medford School District (MSD).
The District confirmed that the school instituted a lock-out — meaning that students and staff were kept safely inside as a precaution, while visitors were kept out — around noon after police received the reported sighting while officers from the Medford Police Department (MPD) investigated the report.
After a search of the area, MPD gave word to the District that the situation had been "contained," later clarifying that they were unable to confirm any of the reported sightings. Lone Pine then ended the lock-out which lasted from 15 to 20 minutes, according to MSD.
Lone Pine Elementary sits near the edge of northeast Medford, in the direction of Roxy Ann.