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New Baby Bobcat 7.9.12 Dragged by Dog?

October 13, 2013 in Admin

Big Cat Rescue has a new baby bobcat which means more Live domestic rabbits, rats and turkeys will be unnecessarily tortured and killed.    

“This cute little bobcat kitten is on his way to Big Cat Rescue under the watchful eye of President Jamie Veronica and Dr. Boorstein. He was dragged in by a neighbor’s dog a few days ago and this ranch owner found us in the hopes that the kitten can one day go free. Right now he is emaciated and has diarrhea but he will get the best care available thanks to all of you.”   BCR’S Facebook Page 

Big Cat Rescue July 9th  http://bigcatrescue.org/2012/today-at-big-cat-rescue-july-9

Update: 7/13/12

My investigation of the latest bobcat rescue publicized by Big Cat Rescue reveals the following.

There was a licensed rehab facility and sanctuary less than 1/2 mile from where the bobcat was found that was willing to take it. It would have remained in its home territory and there is over 1000 acres of protected land where it could have been released.

Barry Janks, an officer of Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation said they release orphaned animals when it’s in the best interest and safety of the animal. He cautioned that releasing an orphan animal in unknown territory often results in its death because it does not know where to find food, comes close to humans and is shot or it is attacked by an older bobcat resident who is protecting its territory.

Barry stated that it generally makes good press to ask people to donate for them to go back in the wild when in reality it is often a death sentence. Any good Rehabilitator should know this. The standard of releasing them on 40 acres is grossly inadequate as bobcats routinely roam over hundreds of acres in search of prey and 40 acres cannot hold enough prey to support a full grown bobcat. They also need a water source and prefer to be near a river such as the area in which it was found.

Thank you Carson Springs for taking the time to speak with me.

I also spoke with the Kelly the woman who rescued the bobcat, she was not the ranch owner but relative of the person who originally found the cat.  Kelly stated that one of her family members was cutting the grass and had moved their dogs from the unfenced front lawn to the fenced in back yard.  When she was finished cutting the grass she heard the dogs barking and when she went to the back yard the baby bobcat was sitting on the Other Side of the Fence hissing at the dogs.  The relative then called Kelly to help rescue the bobcat.

Kelly stated that she had no knowledge of a dog dragging the bobcat as it was located on the other side of the fence from the dogs in the yard when she rescued it and that when she took it home there was no dog slobber or bite marks on the bobcat.  She was told the dogs were barking the night before this rescue most of the night and she thought the bobcat may have been around the relatives home at that time, one of the dogs is a hunting dog.

I asked Kelly if she told BCR that the bobcat was dragged by a dog; Kelly stated she told them the dogs were barking and that BCR must have assumed the dogs dragged the bobcat and misunderstood.

Kelly stated BCR had contacted her and informed her that the bobcat had 2 types of worms and was also emaciated with diarrhea; but they found no bite marks on the bobcat.

Kelly had the bobcat for 2 days hoping to help it but soon realized that she could not properly care for it; being concerned about the diarrhea she did the right thing by starting to call rescues and find help for the bobcat.  Thank you Kelly for rescuing the baby bobcat and for taking the time to speak with me.

In my opinion the baby bobcat would have had a much better chance of survival at Carson Springs 1/2 mile from where the baby bobcat was found, as BCR’S success rate of releasing bobcats is very poor – 6 since 1999.   Not to mention – Carson Springs is a True Sanctuary and would not have Unnecessarily Sacrificed, Tortured or Killed Innocent Helpless Live Domestic Rabbits, Rats and Turkeys to Rehab this bobcat because they run an Ethical facility.

Carole did you forget it is against FWC regulations to post photos or videos on the internet of wildlife receiving medical treatment or wildlife in rehabilitation?  http://www.animaltalk.us/category/animal-pictures/

“With regards to the allegations of exhibition of wildlife under rehabilitation status, FWC staff investigated and was able to confirm that BCR did, in fact, post a video on the BCR website and “Youtube” of wildlife being fed in rehabilitation status. BCR was advised of the violation and was ordered to remove the video from the public website and BCR corporate officer “Jamie Veronica Murdock” was issued a warning on March 17, 2011, for a violation of Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 68A-9.006”.

I posted the following questions on the Big Cat Rescue Facebook Page under the baby bobcat photo today however; they have been removed and I am blocked from posting. The same questions were posted under recommendations and have also been reported and cannot be viewed.

Dear Carole Baskin,

Respectfully, I would like to ask you questions in a public forum.

From 1997-2000 BCR did not live feed rabbits to rehabbing bobcats, in fact, below is an article about a very young bobcat that was successfully released at your facility. It is my understanding that this bobcat lived in the back of the property and was released in October 1999 after being in captivity for 4 months. His diet was exactly like the other cats which consisted of chicken and meat. As his hip healed the size of his cage increased, logs and limbs were added to observe his climbing abilities. The rehabber fed him by teasing him with a piece of chicken tied to a rope to watch him hunt and pounce.
(The same rehab protocol other Ethical Rehabs use to raise and release bobcats).

Your article reads this was your second successful release that year. Can you please advise if the bobcats released in this time frame were chipped, and monitored and died from the lack of ability to hunt – as I am not understanding why you felt it necessary to change this feeding and rehab protocol?

Thank you in advance.  For The Rabbits, Linda Sue

We had this discussion on live feeding once in pubic when you failed to provide resources to verify your following statement:
“All of the better facilities do live feed carnivore who must be released back to the wild and the national affiliation of wildlife rehabbers condone the practice as well”. Instead you provided a link on “Hand Rearing Wild Birds”.

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) Code of Ethics does not reference Live Feeds and NWRA does not have any legal or regulatory authority regarding rehabilitation; factually NWRA neither condones nor condemns the feeding of live domestic rabbits to bobcats undergoing rehabilitation for release into the wild.

Wildlife rehabilitator’s are guided by a code of ethics. The most important Ethic is “do no harm”. This includes prey animals and our job is to rescue, rehabilitate, release and teach our wild animals how to live in the wild, which does include predators catching and killing live food.  However, this contradicts our do no harm code and Ethical rehabs solve this issue by using frozen previously-live foods and use them in ways that mimic a live animal. These frozen foods do not include or promote the unnecessary killing of domestic rabbits.

Valeri Marler: The Executive Director of The National Bobcat Rescue and Research/Crosstimbers teaches bobcat rehabilitation classes at the ranch, classes you are welcome to take.

Several letters from rehabs were posted for your convenience and education including a reference from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. that states ” Wild predators do not need the live prey stimulus to tap into their wildness or train them to be hunters. Just as we don’t need to teach baby birds to fly or otters to swim – they are incredibly instinctual”.

The wildlife center I volunteer at also feels there no need to feed live prey to bobcats, because wild animals instincts are there from birth. If bottle feeding is necessary, it is “imprinted” enough when the rehabber gives them the bottle, puts the kitten in its cage and leaves it alone and away from people. It is introduced it to raw meat–mainly chicken necks by 5 weeks. By 10 weeks of age, the kitten is now outside in a fairly large habitat and his “hide” area is a thicket and he is exposed to the elements he will live in like rain, sun, wind etc. by this time, the kitten is growling and hiding–never coming up to humans for attention-mainly hoping the rehabbers will not see him. His food (raw meat) is put out for him before dark. When it is time for release, they use food to get him into crate and sometimes even have to resort to a catch pole!

I have never heard of or observed it taking a year to get a bobcat back out to the wild as you state, but instead 6-8 months.  BCR claims to have released 6 bobcats since 2003, contrary to what you claim, this is not a good success rate.

Bobs usually are very quick, use their claws and their bite is a bite–not a play time and their prey is killed instantly not like the rabbits that suffer horribly and die at your facility. At no time is a domestic rabbit available in the wild or is it a part of a natural Bobcat diet which makes the training non realistic and senseless.

Your barbaric feeding protocol is a Choice, not a Necessity, and you choose to take the lives of these precious helpless animals in the cruelest of ways.

Here you may read letters from other rehab facilities that rehab ethically, please consider changing your protocol.

Looking forward to your response,

For The Rabbits, Linda Sue


I originally requested the public to please not Comment on this page – asking that only Carole or persons involved with the mentioned rescues comment.  However since my questions have been ignored by BCR, comments are open.  Please be respectful if posting or your comments will be removed.

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4 responses to New Baby Bobcat 7.9.12 Dragged by Dog?

  1. Vera – Although it did not remain for long, on the BCR website page on Rain, Storm and Midnight, after they all had died, Carol stated that it had been a hard lesson to learn but they now knew that they should vaccinate. I would say that it was a much harder lesson on the Bobcats than on BCR. As far as being an experienced rehabber, I guess you could say she is because she keeps getting more experience with more experiments. Sounds much more like an medical testing lab than a true sanctuary. A sanctuary would neve have so many animals come in alive and well for the specific purpose of being tortured and killed.

  2. OK.. there are a few inconsistencies that I have found in the BCR Faith story on BCR site.
    First, she states that Faith was vaccinated, microchipped and ear tipped before release. Then why did you Carole, choose to NOT vaccinate the Alabama bobcats, and go on to state that you never vaccinated when they were to be released into the wild for fear of the vaccination shedding. This is simply not true with a killed vaccine, as you well know by evidence of vaccinating Faith.

    Second- There ARE no choices to be made when you come into possession of native Florida wildlife. If it is a baby, then you must release it back. There is no choice of keep it or release it per FWCC regulations! The ONLY time you may keep a native wildlife is when it’s injury prevents it from surviving in the wild and even then you must have a vet sign off on it. As far as keeping it because it is habituated to humans, that is a no no and the rehabber MUST release it (or FWCC will!) to either a zoo or an educational facility and the last time I looked you were SUPPOSED to be a sanctuary (note zoo’s and educational facilities breed and FWCC PROMOTES this) but I use that term loosely.

    Third. Why is it that you could rehab without the killing of innocent animals (remember you are SUPPOSED TO BE A SANCTUARY and the term sanctuary means that you give safety to ALL CREATURES) several years ago with success (according to YOU) yet, now you feel the need (you did it with Faith I read on your web site) to use live animals.

    A cat never loses its ability to hunt. They are one of the elite that will revert to being wild/feral. Dogs cannot really do it but a cat can. Even your domestic cat when left to their own demise will revert.
    And last- Why is it that you feel you cannot comply with rehabbing rules and regulations? First off you should never handle that cat without having your scent masked as well as your clothes. You should NOT talk, cough, sneeze or even laugh. You do NOT want that cat to associate humans with pleasure and food. And you SHOULD NOT BE TAKING PICTURES OF THEM DURING THE REHAB STAGE as you are doing now!!!PER FWCC!!! Oh wait.. this means more money for you eh?

    • All very good points Vera, there are many inconsistencies in the rehab articles. The vaccinations, requirements on keeping imprinted bobcats or where they are legally permitted to be released.

      Thank you for also posting facts about cats never loosing the ability to hunt; in fact wild predators have natural born instincts to be hunters and don’t need humans to teach them how to kill. The domestic house cat has no need to be taught to hunt, let alone a fierce wild predator. It is more than absurd it is a lack of having common sense –

      Why would anyone who claims to love animals change from an Ethical feeding protocol to one of Extreme Animal Cruelty? It is most certainly not out of necessity and should be honored as animal cruelty under the current laws.

      • Because those barbaric feeding videos and pictures brought in more money from people that are just as demented as she is

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