Rehabilitated bobcat released back into the wild

Local group has helped 362 animals this year

SAN DIEGO - 10News captured an incredible view of a bobcat being released into the wild near Descanso on Wednesday. It was nursed back to health after being found outside a home with an injured paw.

It only took about two minutes to get the bobcat out of a cage and back into the Cleveland National Forest near Descanso.

"It's returning something that's wild, back to where it's supposed to be," said Roger Wynn. "I'm happy."

He lives nearby with his wife Gail. They raise chickens and found the bobcat under the cages about four weeks ago.

"Very emaciated once we were able to trap it," she said.

The Wynns then called for help.

"Thank you," said Roger Wynn. "There's not too many people that would tackle this, so thank you."

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona did.

"He had an old fractured paw, a lot of parasites and just probably undernourished because of the climate out here," said Kim D'Amico, who is with the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.

The same group has been caring for two coyote pups that were burned during the May fires. Their paw pads were scorched and they are still recovering.

"They are doing very well," said D'Amico.

The bobcat was well enough to go back to the wild on Wednesday.

"He's very active, growly, ready to go," said D'Amico.

Once released, the bobcat ran off and up the hill.

"Usually, things go and sit and assess what's going on around them," said Gail Wynn.

The area is dry enough to hear the grass crackle. No water means no grass, and that all affects the cycle of life.

"We didn't get a lot of rainfall this year," said D'Amico. "That's going to affect everything … the grasses that grow, the little rodents that eat the grasses, all the way up the food chain."

They suspect more wildlife will be seen near homes and water this summer. The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization that has helped 362 animals so far this year.

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