Injured Bobcat Release
26 March 2010
|Grassy hillsides, mixed oak woodlands - an ideal habitat for wildlife.|
|We noticed the area already had at least one male bobcat in residence.
It abandoned its evening hunt, took cover beneath these towering oaks.
|Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley staff, friends, and supporters accompany the female bobcat for release.|
|A WCSV staff member and primary care provider attempts to coax the bobcat from its container.|
|But she was having none of it and began to snarl and growl at everyone in sight.|
|Angry at having the protective lid removed, she sought safety by climbing over the back of the container.|
|She knocked it over. Finding herself surrounded by well-wishers, she momentarily froze.|
|Then she reversed course - picking up speed as she came around the side of the cage.|
|And then she was off taking great leaps putting as much distance between us as she could|
|She hit full stride racing towards the grassy hillside.|
|Everyone watching thought how marvelous she looked as she left us far behind.|
|As she bounded up the hill, she passed through a large ground squirrel colony.|
|Imagine their surprise when suddenly, there's a bobcat streaking by! (Huh? Did you see that?)|
|Last we saw of her as she reached the summit, disappeared into the woods beyond.|
|The bobcat was released into a preserve managed by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.
The preserve has abundant water year-round making it ideal habitat for a diverse wildlife population.
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