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Bear Strolls Through Montana High School

The bear wandered through Bozeman High School Wednesday

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A black bear joined students and walked the halls of Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Mont., Wednesday morning after sneaking through an open garage door.

According to Montana’s department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, no injuries were reported, and school superintendent Rob Watson said no classes were delayed.

The bear came in through the garage door and was spotted in the cafeteria around 7:30 a.m. It was also spotted on the football field and in the hallway before police ushered it out.

The bear appeared calm and unaffected as it strolled through the halls of the high school. Student Leon Uebelhoer and teacher Matt Clark captured videos of the bear.

Police arrived at the school immediately and directed students into classrooms before ushering the bear out, which only took them three minutes.

“It was a nice, pretty black bear,” Bozeman police officer Rick Musson told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “It didn’t show any sign of aggression.”

Grizzly bears are the state animal in Montana, and bears are especially common in Bozeman, but police said this was the first time one wandered into a school.