Martin sheriff: Injured bobcat may have been held in captivity

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p dir=”ltr”>Martin authorities say this injured 4-month-old female bobcat was found near a Palm City residential community Wednesday (Photo by Martin County Sheriff’s Office)

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p dir=”ltr”>An injured bobcat is being cared for in a rehabilitation facility in Okeechobee after it was found Wednesday by authorities in Martin County.

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p dir=”ltr”>A Martin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Officer found a young female bobcat Wednesday morning near a residential area in Palm City. The bobcat is estimated to be about 4 months old. Someone may have dumped the animal after holding it in captivity, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

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p dir=”ltr”>Workers at the rehabilitation facility told sheriff’s officials the animal was undernourished, may suffer from blindness and may also be suffering from a head injury. A veterinarian was working Thursday to determine the extent of the bobcat’s injuries and its chances for survival.

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p dir=”ltr”>The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating circumstances surrounding the animal since it was found near a residential area.

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p dir=”ltr”>Anyone with information is asked to sheriff’s agricultural detectives at 772-220-7000.