Moose puts schools in lockdown

A female moose. (Mike Dembeck/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

A female moose. (Mike Dembeck/QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Nathan Taylor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

ORILLIA, Ont. -- Local students were ordered to stay in their classrooms Thursday while emergency crews dealt with a 600-pound threat -- a female moose, estimated to be about two years old, which had made her way onto a property near Monsignor Lee Catholic School and Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary Schools.

"How Canadian is that?" Tyler Evans said upon learning a moose was behind the safety precaution.

"In the States they're getting locked down because of bomb threats, and we're getting locked down because of a moose," the Patrick Fogarty student said.

The schools were put in hold-and-secure mode, meaning they were told to stay put but not ordered to lock down the school.

Police closed roads in the area and asked the Ministry of Natural Resources for assistance, ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said.



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