MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An 18-month-old bobcat in northern Minnesota is expected to make a full recovery after being hit by a car, according to a group of wildlife rehabilitators.

Staff at Wildwoods, a nonprofit dedicated to helping injured and orphaned animals get back to the wild, said a Hermantown police officer called Friday night about an injured bobcat near a house. Since no officers from the Department of Natural Resources were available to respond, Wildwoods staff went to help the wounded bobcat.

Equipped with a catchpole, leather gloves, wool blankets, and a dog kennel, Wildwoods staff successfully led the bobcat into the kennel. The Wildwoods responders also met up with a veterinarian at the scene, just in case the bobcat needed to be sedated. Sedation was not needed, however, because the bobcat’s injuries rendered him unable to run, Wildwoods staff said.

On Saturday, responders brought the wounded bobcat to Wild and Free, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Garrison, Minn., to be treated by Dr. Deb Eskedahl. She said the bobcat suffered from a concussion and a spinal bruise; it was also underweight and covered in fleas.

The bobcat is currently being cared for by Wild and Free, and it is expected to make a full recovery, Wildwoods staff said.

Wildwoods said it encourages police officers and others to remember that there are often many options available to help wounded animals recover from injuries and get back to their habitats. Euthanasia, which Wildwoods described as the “just shoot it option,” is not always the best way to deal with wounded animals.

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(credit: Wildwoods)

Comments (10)
  1. Wildwoods says:

    Wildwoods is a wonderful group of individuals who go out of their way by helping wildlife. I have been fortunate to have one close by that I brought a wounded swan too. This is where the two Forest Lake fawns could have been brought. They were sadly slaughtered, in a careless way.

  2. Sonjay says:

    Wow this is such a waste of resources to be trying to save creatures that AREN’T endangered. Nature is a cycle of life and death which to engage in such a manner is foolish and disgraceful. If a pigeon is getting attacked by a raptor of some sort should we drop everything and save the pigeon? Look at the bottom picture and see what a wild animal thinks of us and what it would do if it had the chance.

    1. sja says:

      And the problem with that is?………………………….. Look what insane Humans do to other humans.

    2. Euthanasia says:

      Reminder: Sonjay isn’t on an endangered species list.

    3. shuttercat says:

      How can you possibly say this is a waste of time? If an animal is hit by a car why on earth wouldn’t we do something to help it? Since when is showing kindness to a fellow creature (endangered or not) a waste of time? And if the mission of Wildwoods is to help insured wildlife, how is that a waste of resources? They’re a non-profit organization that chooses to help animals just as other organizations choose to help humans. And your analogy isn’t remotely accurate. A raptor attacking a pigeon is a natural part of the cycle of life. Cars hitting animals is not. The photo of the bobcat shows a healthy reaction from a wild animal in a strange and stressful situation. Just because it doesn’t act like a pet doesn’t mean it’s not worth saving.

  3. Brett says:

    Will they be putting a collar on this puddy tat too?

  4. C.Darwin says:

    The animal was underweight and covered with fleas. It is likely that this animal has inferior genetics and was designated for natural selection to ensure the survival of the species as a whole. The greatest damage is often done by sentimental do- gooders who interfere with natural processes for the sake of political correctness, or to salve their consciences for the sins of their fathers who pillaged the environment.

  5. Darwinism? says:

    And God got too busy with his natural selection and processes so he hired Henry Ford and Smith & Wesson to help him out.

  6. Trisha says:

    Underweight likely because it had been hit by a car, and so had head trauma and couldn’t hunt. It was already mature, therefore successful. Most animals brought to rehab have been orphaned or injured directly or indirectly through contact with humans. It’s not wrong to want to right this imbalance.

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