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Bobcat Rehab

Big Cat Rescue Rehabilitates Bobcats for Release Back to the Wild

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Wild bobcats come to Big Cat Rescue for two reasons.

  • Injuries such as having been hit by cars or disease, illness, birth defects.
  • Kittens that have been separated from their mothers or orphaned and are too young to survive in the wild.

Upon arrival, the cats receive a full exam and given whatever medical care is needed for their injuries or illness. Blood is drawn and tested for infectious diseases.  They are vaccinated, dewormed, and flea treated.

Injured cats are given the time and supportive care they need to heal.  They must prove they can hunt and survive before being released.  Our six rehab pens are 230 feet long by 20 feet wide giving the cats 4600 square feet of natural space to learn their skills.

When possible kittens are given a domestic surrogate mother.  When a surrogate is not available the kittens are bottle fed but weaned from the bottle as soon as possible.  They are then raised with as little human contact as possible and given opportunities to learn to hunt.

Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult than the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.

10 Steps to Rehabbing a Wild Bobcat

This next video will give you a more in-depth overview look at our wild bobcat rehab and release program and procedures.

While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires that they are released very near where they were captured. They must be released on at least 40 acres and we must get written permission from the owner/manager of the property.

Big Cat Rescue has decades of experience rehabbing and releasing bobcats back to the wild where they belong. We provide huge, naturalistic enclosures where these cats can learn or perfect their hunting skills before being released back to the wild. We have trained staff who are experts at capturing an injured bobcat or hand-rearing orphaned bobcats until a surrogate can be found.

We go to great lengths to keep these wild cats from imprinting on humans and monitor their care via surveillance cameras to make sure they are thriving. When they are healed, or old enough for release (about 18 months of age) we find the best habitat possible for sustaining them and set them free to live out the life that nature intended.

Big Cat Rescue Partners with the FWC for the First Time Ever!

Jamie talks about the collaring and tracking of Pia and Venkman

Pia and Venkman, two 6-month-old female bobcats, came to us in early May from another rehab facility that was in the process of moving and could not house the bobcats at the moment. The pair had been captured by animal control in an area of new development along the Myakka river and the Carlton Reserve. They were emaciated and covered in mange. Left untreated they would eventually succumb to infection brought on by this parasitic infestation.

Mange is a surface parasite and is treated with topical flea medication. After Pia and Venkman were treated they were housed under strict quarantine protocols in our Rehab Hospital. Keepers wore gowns and gloves when caring for them to protect themselves from the creepy crawly bugs and foot baths were utilized to clean their shoes upon exiting their hospital room to prevent the spread of the parasite to other areas of the building.

After four weeks of recovery the pair were ready to move to our outdoor rehab enclosures. During their time indoors they had put on weight with daily meals, but their muscle mass was depleted from lack of exercise. They would have much more room to roam in their 4,600 square foot habitat outside so they would be in tip top shape when their release day came.

Meanwhile BCR President and lead rehabber Jamie Veronica developed a relationship with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Panther Project Team and happily agreed to participate in a bobcat collaring initiative. The goal of the project would be to learn vital information regarding the natural behavior of our native bobcats specially breeding and kitten rearing.

Pia and Venkman were perfect candidates for this project. After decades of rehabilitating and releasing bobcats we would finally learn what happens next.
To date Big Cat Rescue’s Bobcat Rehab Program has rescued 89 bobcats and has successfully released 43. (While the number of released bobcats may seem low at first glance, the number of rescued bobcats includes every call we have responded to which includes a lot of critically injured bobcats that do not survive transport or treatment following a car strike.)

Big Cat Rescue’s vet team collaborated with FWC’s panther team in a coordinated effort to sedate Pia and Venkman for pre-release veterinary exams so they could be fitted with their tracking collars. The collars work using both radio telemetry and GPS to track the movements of the cats. Data is collected by flying over the cat’s territory using radio telemetry and manually entering the information into a mapping application as well as by uploaded GPS pinpoints transmitted from the collars. The collars are designed to have a generous fit to allow future growth of the cat. The collars feature a special band of leather that is weaker in structure, allowing for it to weather and break away after a given amount of time. In addition to the collars, both Pia and Venkman were photographed and given ear tags so they could be identified on trail cameras should the collars fail or break away too soon.

This is a very exciting new venture for our Bobcat Rehab Program. It is our hope to follow the movements of Pia and Venkman as they establish their own territories and throughout their first breeding and kitten rearing season.

November 17,2021 Update

Pia and Venkman were successfully released today on a 2,000+ acre site surrounded by tens of thousands of protected lands. Their release marks our 44th and 45th bobcat release. Pia and Venkman’s release was a historic one for BCR as they are our first collared bobcats. We are very excited to see their progress post release in this collaborative effort with FWC.

November 29, 2021 Update

Update from the field – Today I received these camera trap images of Venkman near her release site. She and Pia are off on their own, but are still in the same general area. It’s so good to see these cats thriving on their own.

Pia and Venkman collared bobcat tracking

Will YOU Help us Rehab & Release more wild bobcats?

This rehab and release program is made possible by donations from friends like you.  Your donation is tax deductible.

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Did You Know?  Here at Big Cat Rescue, literally 100% of your donations are spent directly FOR THE CATS!!! We are able to adhere to that strict policy because the other sanctuary expenses, administrative expenses, salaries etc come out of tour fees and other sources of income. We are extremely serious about donations being used JUST FOR THE CATS!

Because of adhering to that strict policy regarding donations, and all of the other ways Big Cat Rescue is transparent in our operations, we have earned Charity Navigator‘s highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” EVERY YEAR since we were first evaluated by them in 2010.

“If you have a bobcat emergency outside of Florida. Things to consider when choosing a Bobcat Rehabber.”

If you have a bobcat emergency in a state other than Florida, we can help you find a rehabber or will be a resource to wildlife rehabilitators who need help with bobcats, lynx or cougars. When you are searching for a bobcat rehabber ask the following questions:

1. Do they have experience with bobcats?

2. How big are their rehab enclosures? (Ours are 4,600 square feet per cat or litter)

3. Do they feed a live diet of prey to ensure that the cats will be able to hunt for themselves?

4. Do they keep people, including themselves to the extent possible, away from the bobcat so that they do not imprint on people and end up approaching humans after release?

5. Do they have a vet on staff or on call 24/7 for emergencies?

Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult than the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.

Donate to make this bobcat rehab work possible.

No one is allowed to trap and relocate bobcats so anyone who tells you that they will do that is probably trapping them to use as bait for training dogs.

Read more about why relocating wildcats doesn’t work:

Get the flier to share with your neighbors about Living With Bobcats[

“Help Raise Awareness while helping us save more cats.”

My Bobcat is in RehabJamie created a fun shirt that promotes our Bobcat Rehab and Release Program.

This funny shirt helps with some very serious work to protect our native bobcats, which in turn protects the entire ecosystem.

“How to Care for a Rehab Bobcat”

Cage rest sounds pretty peaceful for the cat, but it’s a real challenge for the caregivers.

Find out more about some of our recent bobcat rescues, rehab and their release back into the wild.

When this page rebuild is completed below will be a list of previous bobcats that have come through Big Cat Rescue Wild Bobcat Rehab and Release Program and returned to the wild where they belong.  Click on each cat’s name to see photos, videos, information about that cat.  Please bear with us while we rebuilding this section of the website to make it more readable from mobile devices.  We will add more cats below as this work on this website section progresses.

2023 5 Bobcats

Loo, Mare, Kaye & Dutton


2022 5 Bobcats






2021 12 Bobcats

July 21 ,2021 Summer Bobcat is a 2.5 week old bobcat came to us very sick, weak, and immobile on the front limbs. She was found at a demolition site.

July 1, 2021 Nakoa Bobcat.  See his page and webcam at his link.  Found with a cut to the bone on his paw.

June 21, 2021 Byrdie Bobcat.  Found starving to death.

In May 2021, it started raining baby bobcats with six, yes SIX, bobcat kittens arriving within 48 hours of each other! On May 4th we answered a call about a bobcat who had been hit by a car and died while the caller was still on the phone with us. She was 3 hours away, so we alerted the Florida Wildlife Commission about the bobcat so they could test her for FLM (a disease that is wiping out the fragile Florida Panther population and bobcats all over the state).  During the necropsy they discovered she had been nursing kittens and the search was on!

Thirteen days later, Wild Florida Rescue got a tip and found Lily, Denali & Ambrose. How the kittens survived thirteen days without their mother is a mystery. Wild Florida Rescue rushed the starving, dehydrated babies to their vet for emergency overnight care.  They then called Big Cat Rescue asking if we would continue their intensive care and, if they survived, their rehab for release back to the wild.

But it did not stop there! Baby bobcat Cahira had been orphaned in another unrelated situation and is a little older than Lily, Denali & Ambrose.  Heather, Chystene, and Zeus, of Wild Florida Rescue learned of this lone bobcat kitten and everyone agreed it would be best if she could be raised with or near the other three.  They drove across the state to deliver all four to our onsite Bobcat Rehab Hospital where they were checked by the vet and started the long road to recovery. And then, within 48 hours, we received yet another bobcat call about two six-month old mange covered siblings, Pia &; Venkman.   Ewww!  If you’ve NEVER experienced scabies, count yourself lucky.  Just the sight of it and we all start scratching!  When your pet contracts mange, you can wash them and treat them internally. But bobcats in the bath? No way!  It will take a little longer and we will have to monitor their recovery to be sure there is no relapse. But they have an excellent shot at going free one day soon.  Your generous donations continue to fund our important rescue and rehab program for Florida native wild bobcats, so thank you!




Pia & Venkman





Denali, Lily & Ambrose

2020  3 Bobcats




2019 11 Bobcats


Flint – Unfortunately, due to all of Flint’s injuries and medical issues he is not a candidate for release and is a permanent resident at Big Cat Rescue.

Ash and Cinder



Sky (Azul, Indigo, Cobalt)


2018  9 Bobcats

Aphrodite On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018 Carole got a call from a rehabber that does not rehab Florida Bobcats. Someone had dropped a Florida Bobcat off at their gate. – Released 2018

Clover and Lucky Carole got a call from the new management of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter asking if we could take in 2 orphaned bobcat kittens to finish their rehab for release back to the wild. – Released 2018

Shamrock Shamrock is a native Florida bobcat kitten who appears to have been born around 1/15/18. She was found, separated from her mom on Feb. 2, 2018 by a group of people who called Wildlife Inc., on Anna Maria Island, to come rescue her. Damen Hurd, of Wildlife Inc., said they searched for the mother and could not reunite them, so the kitten was nursed to health while they looked for a facility that could offer her the next stage of rehab.- Released 2018

Bravo and Tango We were right in the middle of doing an evening Facebook LIVE video when a call came in from Chris Scott of Raccoon Rescue in Milton (near Pensacola) Florida. A 100 acre burn had separated a mother bobcat from two of her kittens. We can’t know for sure, but really hope she was able to safely move the rest of her litter before conditions deteriorated to the point of having to abandon all hope for the last two boys. They were turned into the local rehabber, but she wasn’t familiar with hand rearing bobcats, so she went to the Internet to find out what she needed to do next.

Echo Echo was found by firefighters, wet and shivering, and all alone, after a prescribed burn in S. Florida on June 10, 2018, and taken to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, FL. Three days later Big Cat Rescue was contacted by BWS asking if we’d be willing to rehab the orphaned kitten for release back to the wild.- Released 2018

Foxtrot The morning of June 23, 2018, Carole and Kathryn picked up a bobcat kitten from a rehabber. She had been found 48 hours earlier.- Released 2018

Alpha Rescued – August 28, 2018 at approximately 7-8 weeks old. This kitten was found all alone by a man right before a huge storm with no mother or siblings in sight. She will be release in early 2019.

2017   5 Bobcats

Noel –  Hit by a car on Christmas Day 2017.  She sustained two broken legs, three broken bones.  Her release date is coming up soon.





2016   5 Bobcats

  1. Thor – Broken jaw, eye socket, and shoulder blade, jaw surgery at Humane Society, rehabbed released – Released 2016
  2. * Chief Spotted Eye 2016 Crossed the Rainbow Bridge
  3. Poseidon – Severe parasite and mange infestation, died as a result
  4. George
  5. Spirit Feather

2015   7 Bobcats

  1. Journey – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper
  2. Phoenix – Orphaned kitten, burned in a brush fire, rehabbed, released
  3. Captiva – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released
  4. Rain – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released
  5. Dancer – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released
  6. Mr. Claws – Orphaned juvenile, broken leg, plate surgery at Humane Society, rehabbed, released
  7. Mrs. Claws – Orphaned kitten, injury to the head, stunted growth, Became a permanent resident

2014   3 Bobcats

  1. Cypress – Broken pelvis, FHO surgery at Blue Pearl, pelvis did not heal, euthanized
  2. Ivan – Both front legs amputated, suspected trap, euthanized
  3. Ariel

2013   2 Bobcats

  1. Khaleesi – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released
  2. Fencer – Caught in fence, broken toe, rehabbed, released

2012  5 Bobcats

  1. Gator – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released
  2. Copter – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released
  3. Rufus
  4. Tommie
  5. Sally Ride

2010   4 Bobcats

  1. Skip – Hit by car, broken pelvis, surgery w/ Dr. Hay, rehabbed, pelvis healed too narrow, permanent resident, died from a seizure
  2. Midnight – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper
  3. Rain – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper
  4. Storm – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper and congenital heart disease

2009   4 Bobcats

  1. Dante – Hit by car, broken jaw, rehabbed, released
  2. Bellona – Hit by car, broken leg & tail, plate surgery at Blue Pearl, follow up knee surgery at Blue Pearl, rehabbed released
  3. Flash – Injured, no vet care needed, rehabbed, released
  4. Christmas – Hit by a car, injuries too severe, euthanized

2008   1 Bobcat

  1. Hope – Orphaned nursing kitten, utilized foster domestic mom and kittens, rehabbed til grown and released (1st attempt at rehabbing and releasing a nursing kitten)

2007   4 Bobcats

  1. Chance – Injured & birth defects, surgery to repair a hernia, rehabbed, released
  2. Will – Brain damaged juvenile, not releasable, permanent resident
  3. Kennedy – Brain damaged juvenile, not releasable, permanent resident, died from a seizure
  4. Ace – Emaciated adult, FIV positive, not permitted to release, permanent resident, died from FIV

Hope the baby bobcat was raised by a domestic cat.  That’s the BEST way!

Faith – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released (1st attempt at rehabbing and releasing a weaning kitten)

Attempted Bobcat Rescues

Have you seen me? – On July 18, 2017, a mother bobcat was struck and killed in the 33803 zip code area of Lakeland, FL. People who work in this area, sent photos of the 2 pound, orphaned baby on July 21 to us and we have searched the area and set up humane traps to try and capture the kitten.  Read the story & see photos.

Bobcat Rehab Gear

You can find shirts, tote bags, mugs, necklaces, mousepads and so many more fun items featuring Rehab Bobcats in our online gift shops.  Go to reach gift shop linked below and search “Rehab bobcat.”  Your PURRchases of Rehab bobcat Gear helps us provide for all the cats at Big Cat Rescue and work toward ending the abuse and exploitation of big cats. or

How To Handle a Wild Bobcat

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  1. Hi there,

    I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Canada and was hoping to pick your brain on some bobcat information. In our province it hasn’t been legal to rehabilitate bobcats for 10 years, but our permitting department (Fish and Wildlife) found 2 orphaned bobcat kittens and is looking to grant us special permission to raise them. As it’s been 10 years since we have done so, I am reaching out to other facilities who rehabilitate orphaned bobcats to collect as much information as possible! I was wondering if there is any chance you would be willing to share your bobcat protocols with us? What you feed, how often, when you wean, when you release, etc. would all be incredibly helpful! Anything at all that you’re willing to share would be appreciated!

  2. Hi, I love cats and recently 3 female cats and their kittens moved onto my property. I believe 2 of them are bobcat kittens. They are wild and I’m wondering if it’s an ok thing or if it isn’t for them to live on my property. If not, how do I get them rescued. I believe they are about 2 months old and they live with the wild cats on my property. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

    1. Yes it is fine for them to live there but they may just be passing thru. Don’t leave any food out overnight or allow small pets/livestock out overnight and they should move on. Having bobcats as neighbors is a great thing! They eat the vermin around and keep your neighborhood clean 🙂

  3. The following really saddens me. What horrible person hunts for sport. I believe it HAS to be for sport to kill a Bobcat or any other wild cat.

    “Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide from Dec. 1 through March 1….Bobcat and otter pelts taken to buy or sell the meat or pelts must be tagged with a…Hunters may possess 1 untanned bobcat and otter pelt without a CITES tag.”

  4. Have recently seen four bobcat babies just outside our community preserve. There are only 25 houses and a small preserve in middle adjacent to pond and golf course. A very small habitat area. Do u trap them n take them in. Or do we call animal control. Haven’t seen the mom but one adult was in our back yard two years ago. We have lots of construction and forest destruction going on few miles from us. Thank u.

    1. These bobcats are doing their job to make sure you aren’t overrun with vermin who carry rabies. Just leave them alone to do their jobs please. Relocating never works and only ends up in them having to travel many miles to get back to THEIR homes, or they get killed enroute.

  5. For the past week or so, what appears to be a young female bobcat has been coming up to our windows looking right at us. She appears very thin. I don’t know what mange looks like or what affliction she might have but I’m concerned for her health. Also concerned that one of our gun-loving neighbors will shoot her dead.
    Other than keeping our cats indoors, do you have any advice for us?

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