Mountain lion spotted on top of 35-foot utility pole

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LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. -- A mountain lion in California was caught on camera,

It escaped to higher ground after encountering a school bus full of screaming kids, a witness told The Victor Valley Daily Press. The kids apparently spooked him.

He went up the 35-foot utility pole to safety where he stayed there all afternoon.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were originally hoping Tuesday that the cougar might climb back down from the power pole and go back into the wild after dark, the Daily Press reported.

It came down sometime that night, a local resident told the paper.