Rare Bobcat Patient in Clinic

Learn About Patient #21-346

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-12yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 15-30lbs
  • Height: 2ft (at shoulder)
  • Range in the Wild: North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Diverse - forests, swamps, deserts, near urban interface
  • Diet: Carnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, birds
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, venison, elk, poultry
    • Birth: March 2021
    • Arrival: May 2021
    • Injury: Orphaned
    • Departure: TBD
    • Gender: Female

Patient is handled by staff using grille hood to prevent imprinting

A tiny ball of fluff arrived in the clinic emaciated, dehydrated and with a heavy parasite load. It was clear that the two month old bobcat was orphaned. She was found wandering around a Rogue River backyard. Bobcat patients are extremely rare and require special approval to rehab from our permitting agency, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This patient arrived in May and requires a lengthy stay to ensure her successful release back into the wild…

Bobcat during patient intake exam

We work diligently to ensure the animals in our care do not imprint on humans. With this species it’s crucial to prevent habituation. An adult bobcat who seeks out humans is a threat to not only people but to itself. ¬†We don’t seem to have to worry about imprinting this now 5 month old patient. She hates humans! She hisses and growls at the clinic staff every time they come anywhere near her habitat. She weighed just 1.5 pounds when she arrived. She is now a healthy 7 pounds and growing fast!

Bobcat patient investigates new smells in her enclosure