First look of bobcats rescued from high school in Anthem

- In an update to a story FOX 10 Phoenix first reported on Monday, we are now getting a first look at the bobcat and her two kittens that were found on the campus of a high school in Anthem.

Boulder Creek High School had to be put on lockdown, due to the incident. Following the incident, the bobcats were brought to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale.

The bobcats, however, won't be there forever. Staff members there already have plans for the bobcats.

"At this stage in the game, they'll never get used to people," said James O'Brien with Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. "All this is going to do is reinforce their desire to be as far away from human beings as they possibly can."

This bobcat was found roaming Boulder Creek's campus Monday. Her two kittens were not far away, stuck in a drainage pipe. 

"They kind of took up shop at the high school during the winter break, so there was nobody around," said O'Brien. "There was some desert outside the school grounds, which I'm sure was full of prey for them."

O'Brien said the mother looks like she's about three, and the kittens appear to be just 6 weeks old. 

"The kittens are not nursing anymore, so they have a nice body mass to them," said O'Brien. "They are well hydrated. She's been doing a good job taking care of them."    

O'Brien said the family will stay at the center for four weeks. In that time, they'll be monitored before being released back into the wild.

"We'll take them out to -- we have some areas we use that have water," said O'Brien. "A stock tank or a stream or a lake and it's kind of anti-climatic. You open the cage door and they're gone. They just disappear like that."

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center works strictly on donations.


Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
https://www.southwestwildlife.org/

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