A loose cat closed an Anne Arundel County elementary school Friday morning.

Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, said a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie spotted a cat inside her classroom around 7:30 a.m. Mosier said she notified school officials and there were no students inside the school at the time of the discovery.

The cat ran off, and Mosier said animal control officials searched for it while arriving students — who were scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m. — waited outside the school with teachers. Parents, who were notified by automated e-mail and telephone message about the hunt, were allowed to pick up their children at the school.

Mosier said officials called the search off and dismissed the school’s more than 480 students at 9:45 a.m.

Officers set four traps inside the school to catch the cat, said Robin Catlett, administrator of Anne Arundel County Animal Control. Catlett said doors to the school were open when officers arrived at 8:15 a.m., so authorities are unsure if the cat is still inside the elementary school.

Officials called the cat feral or wild, but Catlett said she does not know if the cat is indeed feral because the officers did not see the animal.

Mosier said officials hope the extra-long weekend Labor Day weekend will aid them in their search for the cat.

“We won’t have school today,” said Mosier, “But hopefully we’ll have school on Tuesday, and we’ll go from there.”

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