WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA TO RELEASE BOBCAT IN CRAIG COUNTY

Bobcat Survived Attack by Dogs, 30-Mile Trip in Undercarriage of Dump Truck On Wednesday, August 22, the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will be transferring a Bobcat for release in Craig County. The Bobcat will be released by Joyce Forbes, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator from Covington who played a crucial role in the rescue of this animal. Bobcat
[+] Photo: Dave McRuer, MSc, DVM The Bobcat's saga began on August 2, when a dump-truck driver at a sand quarry in the Barbours Creek region of Craig County, VA saw the cat being chased by two dogs. The Bobcat ran under the truck and disappeared from sight. The truck driver then drove about 30 miles to Covington, stopped, inspected the undercarriage of his truck, and spotted the Bobcat hiding up in the undercarriage of the truck. An Alleghany County animal control officer captured the Bobcat and transferred it to Joyce Forbes. The Bobcat was checked over by a local veterinarian, then transported to the Wildlife Center in Waynesboro on August 3. At the Wildlife Center, the Bobcat was given a full physical examination, including x-rays and laboratory tests. The cat, an adult male, had multiple abrasions, lacerations, and dog bites - some of which became infected - but no broken bones. The animal was treated with antibiotics and was examined every few days [under anesthesia] by Wildlife Center veterinary staff. The Bobcat has now recovered to the point where it is ready to be returned to the wild. Forbes is expected to take the animal back to the Barbours Creek area, which has been identified by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as an area of the state with the highest concentration of Bobcats. Bobcat closeup on examination table
[+] Photo: Dave McRuer, MSc, DVM Bobcats are unusual patients at the Wildlife Center. From 2002 - 2006, the Center admitted five Bobcats; two have been admitted thus far in 2007. Bobcats are found across North America. They are generally most active in the hours just before and after twilight and dusk and may travel several miles each night hunting. Every year, about 2,500 animals - ranging from Black Bears to Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - are brought to the Wildlife Center for care. "The goal of the Center is to restore our patients to health and return as many as possible to the wild," Wildlife Center President and Co-Founder Edward Clark said. "At the Wildlife Center, we treat to release." "We are grateful for all of those who have helped in the rescue of this magnificent animal," Clark continued. The Wildlife Center is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine, celebrating 25 years of service during 2007. Since its founding in 1982, the nonprofit Center has cared for more than 48,000 wild animals, representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The Center's public education programs share insights gained through the care of injured and orphaned wildlife, in hopes of reducing human damage to wildlife. The Center trains veterinary and conservation professionals from all over the world and is actively involved in comprehensive wildlife health studies and the surveillance of emerging diseases. Additional information about the Wildlife Center is available at www.wildlifecenter.org.