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Bear Disrupts California School Graduation

Kim Rodriguez/Kern County Animal Control(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) -- A black bear that disrupted a California school graduation Thursday has been released back into the wild, authorities said.

The 200-pound black bear was seen roaming the grounds near Ramon Garza Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif. Kern County Animal Control officials used a Taser to subdue the bear.

A teacher noticed the bear and then alerted officials, ABC News affiliate KERO reported. A graduation ceremony was taking place at the time, according to the station.

Callers to 911 reported that the bear moved through the school’s campus parking lot before approaching a nearby apartment complex.

The school was later locked down.

Officials said it took about 30 minutes for animal control workers to get hold of the bear and that no one was injured during the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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