Bobcat #19-2408 has been doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure during the past month. The young bobcat receives a wide variety of enrichment items throughout the week; the latest enrichment is a couple of undecorated Christmas trees!
The rehabilitation staff have been intermittently offering live prey to the bobcat for the past month; live prey have included mice, rats, and chickens. The bobcat seems a little unsure of the live prey, but has been successful with chicken; the staff will continue to offer hunting experience about once a week and will increase the frequency as spring approaches. Bobcats are carnivores and eat a wide variety of small mammals, birds, and reptiles; developing effective hunting techniques will be required for this young bobcat’s survival in the wild this spring.