Bear sighting forces lockdown at LAHS

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By Wren Propp

A report of a bear wandering in the canyon near Los Alamos High School on Monday led to a lockdown during the noon hour, school officials said.

Someone at the nearby Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church called the school to warn them, said the high school’s assistant principal, Renee Dunwoody.

No one was injured.

Los Alamos police officers were on the scene, with the department’s helicopter keeping an eye on the wandering bruin, according to the incident report. 

The bear was spotted near a fence at the school. It was seen heading toward Orange and then turned back to the canyon.

The bear’s appearance was the first time a Los Alamos school has had to be locked down this year because of a bear sighting, Dunwoody said.


 Bears have been spotted in neighborhoods near other schools in the past several weeks, said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.