Bobcat captured, Treated & Released Back
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Bobcat Impounded, Cared For, Released Back Into Wild
Riverside County Animal Services officers released a bobcat back into the wild Sunday afternoon. The bobcat was impounded earlier Sunday, about 2 a.m., after a man had reported "hitting a tiger" with his car.
Animal control officers Cecelia Morris and Tiffany Fuller arrived at the scene, on La Sierra Avenue in Riverside, near Victoria Avenue.
Riverside Police officers and Officers Morris and Fuller the man informed them what happened.
They looked underneath the man’s car and discovered a bobcat hiding near one of the front wheels.
The animal control officers managed to get the bobcat on a catch pole. The animal appeared to be dazed.
They rushed the bobcat to one of the county’s contract partners, the Animal Emergency Clinic in Grand Terrace. The young male, about 8 months in age, appeared to have a concussion, a veterinary doctor at the clinic reported. Abrasions to his head and body were visible but all limbs were OK.
Later Sunday, Officer Fuller returned to the clinic and was happy to see the bobcat much more alert and “spunky.”
Officer Fuller also had been in contact with a representative at The Living Desert, a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of wildlife.
After consulting with The Living Desert, the veterinary doctor at the Grand Terrace clinic and with veterinary professionals at the county’s main shelter in Jurupa Valley, the consensus was to release the bobcat back into the wild.
The bobcat was released in a rural location near La Sierra Avenue and El Sobrante Road, a spot that was within four miles of where he was first found. The release location was in compliance with state Fish & Wildlife’s relocation guidelines.