Ask FWCC to Revoke permission on releasing a 4 year old Imprinted Pet Bobcat to the wild.
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Big Cat Rescue Youtube UPDATE:
Dec 20, 2014
"We gave rehab our best shot and Ariel can kill in a confined space, but she will boldly walk right up to anyone she thinks has food, and that is never going to work in the wild. It will get her killed, and could very well get someone hurt".
Big Cat Rescue Tampa is attempting to rehab and release a 4 year old imprinted pet bobcat that was raised by a family from a kitten and lived indoors her entire life.
BCR alleges Florida Fish and Game's Captain Hooker has decided that an attempt would be made to re-wild Ariel in hopes that she would be a candidate for release.
During this process, live rats, live domestic rabbits and live turkeys will be unnecessarily tortured and killed in BCR'S unethical outdated rehab program.
According to the National Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association - NWRA
Chapter 7 - FINAL DISPOSITION
Animals should not be considered for release that "are imprinted"
According to NY State Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources:
Wild animals raised as pets may never regain their fear of humans which makes them dangerous to release.
Vetstream.com interview with Big Cat Rescue:
How Big Cat Rescue Decides if They Can Release an Animal into the Wild.
Q. How do you determine whether or not to rehabilitate and release an animal like BCR recently did with the bobcats, Copter and Gator?
A. That depends on how they come there. If the animals were pets, they cannot ever be released back to the wild. The only animals we can release back into the wild are cats who were born in the wild.
According to this BCR article:
This bobcat was shot to death because of persons who habituated her to humans, noting a report stating the bobcat was either a poorly rehabbed bobcat kitten that had imprinted on humans or perhaps she had grown up in the park with people offering her handouts from an early age, yet Big Cat Rescue Tampa is putting the public in danger and also sending this bobcat to the same fate as the habituated bobcat that was shot.
Bobcat Rehab Experts note Bobcats "imprint" so easily they will never regain their fear of humans which puts the cat and the public in danger.
Bobcats are territorial and Ariel has no experience living or surviving with others of her kind.
It is the Petitioners Opinion that any attempt to set this imprinted 4 year old pet bobcat free will result in her death as well as endanger the public.
Please respectfully ask Florida Fish and Game to investigate the dangers of releasing imprinted bobcats with credible organizations and revoke their approval to release her in the wild and instead provide her with a safe home in a wildlife facility or sanctuary.
FWC The Office of Inspector General
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