MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Elementary students came to school Monday to find a new live-in mascot waiting for them.
A bear has moved in behind South Magoffin Elementary. School officials say the bear was first spotted Friday evening.
"You can see his paws [prints] on the back of the dumpsters and scratch marks and things like that," Principal Mark Rice said. "He keeps putting his nose up in the air so I guess he smells that good cooking in our school there today."
Monday morning the bear was still hanging around, taking a nap under bushes behind the school. Pawprints and scratch marks on the locked dumpsters indicated the bear had been looking for an easy meal.
School officials joked that they think the bear is there because it wants to be the new mascot or it's looking for an education.
"Education is probably the most important thing he's thinking today," Rice laughed. "Evidently, he's not eating too good so he's wanting some type of education to learn. And we've kidded inside about how he showed up."
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officials from Frankfort say the bear looks to be about six to eight years old.