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(SFGate)   The most interesting job in the world: Teaching a bobcat kitten to get meaner   ( divider line
    More: Strange, rescue groups, Placerville, Charlotte Bobcats, kittens, bobcat kitten  
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7664 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Dec 2012 at 9:59 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-28 01:46:21 AM  
3 votes:
Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.
2012-12-28 02:12:19 AM  
2 votes:
a: plus one
b: I think she might have too closely imprinted with bipeds to do well in the wild- who is going to teach her how to hunt ? Just showing her a male or two isnt gonna cut it- that was mommas job.
c: I have a feeling she will end up forever in a sanctuary, and  

AverageAmericanGuy: Seems like it might be better to just use this little kitten as breeding stock to create docile and friendly bobcat pets.

NO . Just NO.
2012-12-28 11:14:08 AM  
1 vote:

Chinchillazilla: PonceAlyosha: SwiftFox: 12-16 fox generations

It was way more that that. Foxes reach reproductive maturity fairly quickly, and the experiment went on for almost forty years. There were at least 30 generations, if I recall correctly.

IIRC, they took on a lot of traits of domesticated dogs very quickly, though, probably on the time scale SwiftFox mentioned. Floppy ears, curly tails, and blue eyes are all apparently linked to the genes that make canines more docile. I'd like to see something similar done with bobcats, just out of curiosity, to be honest. I wonder how quickly you'd get a bobcat that insisted on sitting on the newspaper when you were trying to read it.

/do you even call a fox a canine? I guess it's a vulpine, but you know what I mean

A "canid". Distantly related to dogs but not close enough to other foxes to have even sterile hybrids.
2012-12-28 10:37:05 AM  
1 vote:
supersoaker filled with cheap vodak

/volunteer at wildlife center
//raise orphan raccoons for release
///can only release if they hate and fear humans
////vodak does that to critters and the ex-wife
2012-12-28 10:34:33 AM  
1 vote:
I totally couldn't do this job. All I would do would go "aww kitty!" and want to pet it and get it to do bobcat purrs.

/ totally a sucker for teh kittehs
// don't care if some people think its not "manly." Cats are awesome.
2012-12-28 10:12:33 AM  
1 vote:
I don't live to terribly far from there (I'm in the suburbs of Sac, on the  same side as Placerville, so maybe 30 minutes on the freeway) and we get bobcats here all the time, despite the heavy traffic not far from my house. My son and I have seen one running into the wooded area behind our house several times now. They usually run away from humans, not follow them around. That this one was following around the fire crews is incredibly weird and makes  me wonder if someone was feeding the momma before the Plumas fire started,  making the kitten trust them too much. People don't realize how much damage you can do to the wildlife by "being nice". Don't even get  me started on people who feed bears.

/we also get mountain lions here in the 'burbs from  time  to time
//they're scary, though
2012-12-28 10:08:21 AM  
1 vote:
I think this is a job for Micheal Vick. Of course if it doesn't get meaner he will strangle it.
2012-12-28 08:11:52 AM  
1 vote:
"If you have a friendly bobcat in the wild, that's not going to work," said volunteer Jill Tripoli, who squirts the kitten with a water bottle if she tries cuddling up to humans.

I would be very bad at that job.
2012-12-28 04:01:51 AM  
1 vote:
They are doing the good and right thing, but this still makes me sad. Transcribing the way I speak of this young feline would ruin my masculine image.

\ But she just wants snuggles...
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