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Mountain lion perched on power pole captured in rare photo

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 10/1/2015
29, 2015, photo, a mountain lion stands on a power pole in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The cougar stayed atop the pole all afternoon Tuesday, but was gone by Wednesday morning according to the The Victor Valley Daily Press. (Peter Day/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT © Provided by Associated Press 29, 2015, photo, a mountain lion stands on a power pole in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The cougar stayed atop the pole all afternoon Tuesday, but was gone by Wednesday morning according to the The Victor Valley Daily Press. (Peter Day/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — An elusive mountain lion took up a very public perch atop a 35-foot utility pole in the California desert.

The big cat apparently got spooked by a bus of screaming school children and clambered up the wooden power pole Tuesday in rural Lucerne Valley.

The cougar stayed atop the pole all afternoon Tuesday but was gone by Wednesday morning, the Daily Press of Victorville reported (http://bit.ly/1JEevwr ).

A staffer for the newspaper snapped a picture of the rare pole cat roost. The creatures live throughout Southern California but are rarely seen.

29, 2015, photo, a mountain lion stands on a power pole in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The cougar stayed atop the pole all afternoon Tuesday, but was gone by Wednesday morning according to the The Victor Valley Daily Press. (Peter Day/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT © Provided by Associated Press 29, 2015, photo, a mountain lion stands on a power pole in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The cougar stayed atop the pole all afternoon Tuesday, but was gone by Wednesday morning according to the The Victor Valley Daily Press. (Peter Day/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Jose Ruiz, who lives across the street, said the cat endured more than just stares from gawkers and the watchful gaze of two California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers who shooed onlookers away.

Several birds made a racket harassing the animal.

"It was funny," Ruiz said. "It was like the one crow was saying, 'Hey, you're not a crow.'"

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.vvdailypress.com

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