IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A mountain lion sighting in the eastern Idaho city of Idaho Falls prompted school officials to send out a text alert asking parents to pick up their children after school or have them ride the bus.

The lion was reported Friday morning on the west side of the city.

Idaho Falls School District 91 spokeswoman Margaret Wimborne tells the Post Register that the messages were sent to Westside, Fox Hollow and Ethel Boyes elementary schools, Skyline High School and Eagle Rock Junior High School.

Police say the lion was first reported by a man who spotted the big cat in his neighbor's front yard. A second call followed from a woman in the neighborhood.

Authorities sent out a reverse 911 message to homes within a mile radius of the sightings.

Police and Idaho Fish and Game workers checked the area of the sightings but couldn't find the lion.

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