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Friendly bobcat taught to fear humans


UPI News Service, 12/27/2012 

Volunteers with a California animal rescue group said they are trying to teach a friendly bobcat how to behave in the wild.

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The volunteers with the Sierra Wildlife Rescue group in Placerville said Chips the bobcat was rescued as an orphaned kitten last summer during a Plumas County wildfire and was soon found to be too friendly toward humans to release into the wild, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Thursday.

"If you have a friendly bobcat in the wild, that's not going to work," said wildlife trainer Jill Tripoli, 56.

Tripoli said Chips has been introduced to a pair of rescued males, Tuffy and Sierra, who are doing a good job of hissing and being unfriendly toward humans. She said Chips receives a squirt from a water bottle when she is seen getting too friendly with a human.

Volunteers said they hope Chips will be ready to be released into the wild next spring alongside Tuffy and Sierra.


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