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‘Weak, abandoned’ bobcat kitten rescued in Utah released into wild a year later

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Posted at 2:12 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 16:12:19-04

ALPINE, Utah — A concerned citizen in Alpine rescued a weak, abandoned bobcat kitten in 2015, and after being nursed back to health the feline was released into a habitat in central Utah.

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A bobcat kitten rescued in Alpine, Utah in 2015 and released into the wild in 2016. Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Scott Root with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the cat was found in Alpine and given into the care of a local rehabilitator, who shared a photo of the young animal.

Saturday, the DWR posted a video of the bobcat being released into a new habitat. The post states the animal is healthy enough to catch and kill prey, so biologist Tom Becker tranquilized the animal and prepared her for transport and release in central Utah.