Mountain lion seen in surveillance video prowling through backyard of Mission Viejo home

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Mountain lion seen prowling through backyard of Mission Viejo home
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Home surveillance video showed a large mountain lion casually roaming through the backyard of a house in Mission Viejo, prompting a brief shelter-in-place order at a nearby school.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) -- Home surveillance video showed a large mountain lion casually roaming through the backyard of a house in Mission Viejo on Thursday morning, prompting a brief shelter-in-place order at a nearby school.

The footage, recorded about 11:30 a.m., shows the animal strolling through a patio area and jumping over a gate at the side of the home.

Animal control officers investigated the sighting and determined there was no unusual behavior by the big cat, which seemed to simply be passing through the area.

Newhart Middle School, on Veterans Way, was put under a shelter-in-place order after the sighting.

Mission Viejo Animal Services said additional patrols were being provided in the area of La Paz Road and Arbolitos due to the incident.

"While mountain lions have always roamed the wide green belts and creeks through southern Orange County, with the increase of technology and motion-sensor cameras, sightings have become much more prevalent," the agency said in a statement. "Mountain lions are generally extremely elusive animals and avoid contact with humans."