On July 2 a tiny bobcat kitten was found in the Shavano Valley, dehydrated and alone. The vet tech who found her in her family's yard immediately administered subquetaneous fluids.
Brenda Miller of Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue in Olathe picked her up later in the day.
The cat spent the summer in a very large outdoor cage, with trees and rocks to climb, tunnels to run through and lots of things to play with. She was fed dead and live mice, deer, elk and rabbit meat, and later, live rabbits and injured birds that could not be saved. Brenda had the opportunity to travel to see family this past winter, so she made the decision to transfer her to another wildlife rehabber.
Michael Sirochman of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Frisco Creek facility in Del Norte agreed to take the bobcat and care for her. Miller delivered the young bobcat to the facility in Del Norte. The bobcat was again fed deer and elk meat, and lots of live rabbits. Without a parent to teach her to hunt, the cat had to learn on her own, within the confines of the cage.
She was returned to her home area in late March as prescribed by state guidelines and given her freedom on the Uncompahgre Plateau. In spite of her rescuers' best efforts, she has a reduced chance for long-term survival as she did not have a parent to teach her about the surroundings, where to find water, food and shelter, who her predators are, or how to capture prey. All she has wanted since her capture is her freedom.
Many thanks to all those who helped this bobcat survive and go free. Michael Sirochman, Frisco Creek Facility manager; Mark Caddy, game damage/commercial parks manager from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), for transporting her from Del Norte back to Montrose; CPW volunteers Terry and Cheryl Ryan for meeting Caddy and transporting her to the Shavano Valley; and Cris Nichols of the Morningstar Vet Clinic and her family for taking the bobcat to the release site and setting her free. And thank you to the Laura and Paul Lenihan family, and Sarah, Anna and Micaiah Thompson and their parents for donating dead and live rabbits.
Bobcats are hunted in Colorado for their hides, and some people mount them. Hides sell for $500-$800 and are most likely being sold overseas.
Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue (501c3) is in the process of acquiring land and building a wildlife rehab facility so there will always be a place for wildlife needing help, and to be more accessible to the public so that volunteers of all kinds can participate, along with educational programs within our schools and community. The board is currently looking for a donation of land, or funding to make the initial land and building purchases. Immediate needs are old meat from people's freezers when they clean them out.blog comments powered by Disqus