“A member of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) picked up the rehabilitated animal from the Ramona Wildlife Center and transported her back to a site outside of the burn area that has been predetermined by biologists to have rich food and water sources for the animal to continue to thrive,” said the San Diego Humane Society in a statement released Tuesday.
The 7- to 9-month-old bobcat had arrived at the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center on Oct. 13 with severe burns from the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa. She was nursed back to health at the Wildlife Center.
“Luckily, the bobcat responded well to her care,” the San Diego Humane Society explained in the statement. “In one month, she doubled in size to more than 9 pounds and after seven weeks she had made a full recovery!”
The El Dorado blaze erupted in September near the small city of Yucaipa in San Bernardino County. It was sparked by a pyrotechnic device a couple used for a gender reveal party. The fire destroyed several homes and killed a firefighter in San Bernardino National Forest.
Bobcats are found throughout the Golden State, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Prime bobcat habitats are chaparral vegetation types and the brushy stages of low and mid-elevation conifer, oak, riparian, and pinyon-juniper woodlands and forests,” the agency explains on its website. “Bobcats use areas with dense brush cover and cavities in rocks, snags logs, and stumps for both cover and for denning.”
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