Injured Bobcat Rescued – Euthanized


Injured Bobcat Rescued – Euthanized


3/22/14 10:57 am a call comes in from someone named Stacie who says she is watching a bobcat, in a ditch across from her house in Northport, FL (1hr 17min away) and he is limping and has blood dripping from his leg. She says her father walked right up to the cat and it didn’t run, so I asked her to text me a photo and it was a bobcat. The cat looked to be in pain, but was sitting in the grass and the photo was blurry, so I didn’t know how bad the injury might be.

We sprang into action and loaded up the Tundra with nets, the squeeze cage, a carrier, first aid kit, blankets, water, Interns (Lauren and Philip) and Jamie and Dr. Justin. Since the cat was able to retreat to the woods, I felt that we may need to dart the cat to save him and we have to have a vet do that because the drugs are a controlled substance. That meant Jamie and Dr. Justin had to give up their day off to go searching for a bobcat, which is usually like seeking a needle in a haystack.

Nearly four and half hours go by, and still no word from Jamie, so I texted her and asked if they had seen the bobcat yet. She texted back the saddest image imaginable; a young bobcat with his front left paw chewed off.


My first thought was that perhaps the bobcat had been trapped and chewed off his own leg to free himself, but hearing Jamie describe the location where he was found it made me wonder if the bobcat had survived a gator attack.

She said they had beaten the bushes for hours and were just about to give up because the area the bobcat had disappeared into was an over grown canal that went on for miles.


They circled back around and heard dogs barking and thought that maybe they had flushed the cat out of the woods. Sure enough, as they headed toward all the noise, they found the bobcat in the canal where Dr. Justin was able to net him.


Now they are on their way to Animal Coalition of Tampa where Dr. Justin will amputate the leg and stabilize the bobcat, if possible.


They are thinking the bobcat’s new name should by Ivy if a female and Ivan if a male because of all of the poison ivy they tromped through to save the cat’s life.

Poison Ivy Legs

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Do not scroll down if you are faint of heart because this image is just heart breaking.

When the Rescuers were trying to catch the bobcat, he was running on all four paws, even though it was obvious that one front leg was chewed off.

When he was netted and put in the squeeze cage he was deep in towels and covered with a blanket to keep him from going into shock.

Once the Rescuers arrived at the clinic and were able to sedate him and pull him out, they knew there was nothing they could do but put him out of his misery.

He had obviously been struggling to survive for days, as the bones were completely dried out.

It’s gut wrenching to see an animal in such condition, but he left this world surrounded by angels and more love than many animals ever know.


Read about how hundreds of bobcats and lynx are killed in U.S. traps each year for the fur trade.


  • Show Comments (21)

  • Anne-Marie Perron

    Poor baby :'(

  • Carla Smith

    I just wanna cry! ;( Rest in peace my angel♥

  • Pam Schiermeier Weyhrich

    AWWWW!!! Too bad. Poor thing.

  • Dori Butterick

    omg so sorry baby

  • Monica Spires

    Such agony.. but now you can run painfree… Skip and the BCR gang will be there to run with you little guy!!!!

  • Peggy McDermott Sundquist

    so sad Monica

  • Pamela Hutchinson- Lawson

    Poor Baby. At least he's pain free now. Have fun at the bridge with all the BCR cats.

  • Debra Gagne

    Oh poor baby. My heart is breaking. Rest in peace sweet kitty.

  • Donna Sciola

    Heartbreaking…rest in peace sweet baby <3

  • Brigitte Latton Brdije

    Oh..No…this is so heartbreaking….<3 RIP poor Baby! <3

  • Christine Andrade

    OMG! That is just heartbreaking!

  • Sharon Tait

    RIP .. thank you BCR for rescuing this poor sweet baby and setting him free from such pain and anquish. And thank you to Stacie who took the time to call BCR …

  • Rhonda Mengarelli

    OMG This poor Baby. RIP Sweet Baby :'(

  • Donna Coffey

    Heartbreaking…but at least he left this wicked world quickly and suffered no more. Thank you Jamie and Justin for giving up your day off and trying to save Ivan. Oh, how the poor little guy must have suffered :'(

  • Marianne Boos

    Very sad.

  • Christina Nuccio Crider

    Such agony.. but now you can run painfree… Skip and the BCR gang will be there to run with you little guy!!!!

  • Debbie McManigal Ellsworth

    It is so sad to see any animal in a state like this. At least he/she will never have to worry about getting hurt again. Thank you Jamie, Dr. Justin for doing what you could.

  • Robin Hodgdon

    R.I.P. baby so sad you had so much pain. Now you are pain free across the Bridge with all the BCR babies who have gone before you… much love to you xxooxxoo <3

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  • Lynette O’Brien

    I think pictures of your poor baby should be posted all over that neighborhood asking all the fools who have traps in their yards if they're proud of themselves.

  • Beckie Goodwin Lawrence

    Great idea, Lynette!

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