Two Colo. bobcats hit by cars, one survives with broken legs

C-470 bobcat saved by a whisker

By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 09/23/2008 10:56:34 PM MDT

Deer Creek Animal Hospital technicians Stephanie Ward, left, and Angie Larson work on a bobcat Tuesday. (Photos by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post )

Lakewood Animal Control officer Jaime Johnston had never seen a bobcat in 10 years on the job, but Tuesday, she rescued one after it probably had been hit by highway traffic.

A second bobcat was killed on the same stretch of C-470 just north of Morrison Road.

At first, Johnston saw only one cat after the 8:25 a.m. calls, in the northbound lanes huddled against a concrete median and just a few feet from traffic whizzing by.

“We thought it was dead, but it started kind of dragging itself along the median,” Johnston said.

The cat wanted nothing to do with its rescuers, but a sheriff’s animal control officer got a catch pole around the cat’s neck and they got it into Johnston’s truck.

“She was very feisty, very alert,”

Johnston said. “She was doing what she was supposed to be doing, trying to protect herself.”

A state trooper found the second cat on the other side of the barrier

Authorities aren’t sure when the animals were struck.

The surviving bobcat, an 8- month-old female weighing about 20 pounds, was taken to Deer Creek Animal Hospital, where it underwent surgery for two broken back legs.

It probably will be taken to an animal rehabilitation specialist in Larkspur to recover, said Saul Rosenthal, a hospital spokesman.

Bobcats are found statewide, said Jennifer Churchill, a Colorado Division of Wildlife spokeswoman.

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com

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