Jamie was on her way to pick up Max the bobcat in Rhode Island when a call came in to the Big Cat Rescue Trading Post. Volunteer Pamela Rodriguez took the call from a distressed man who said that he had seen a dead bobcat along the side of Henderson Road just 200 yards north of Linebaugh Av.
Shortly thereafter, Chris Poole was getting a similar post on our facebook page from a woman who said she had seen the bloated body of a bobcat at the same intersection but when she had circled back to double check the cat was gone.
The bobcat was gone because I live very near there and had already picked her up. I had driven to the scene with a pillowcase and a carrier, in case the cat was still alive, but I could tell at a distance that she had not survived the impact. I scooped her into the pillowcase and took her back to the sanctuary for cremation.
This was only a few blocks north of where Chance the bobcat had been rescued and about six blocks east of where Bellona had been rescue. Our vet will perform a necropsy as it is something we do whenever we can on road kill bobcats just to know how the health of the wild population is faring.
It seemed sadly ironic to me that on the same day a Florida bobcat had died, a new youngster would be arriving to call Florida his forever home.
See Chance and Bellona's stories below: