Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boat-Boarding Bobcat Released to Woods for Breeding Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boat-Boarding Bobcat Released to Woods for Breeding Season

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It's bobcat breeding season, so the 18-pound male that was captured Sunday on a Gateway Clipper riverboat in Pittsburgh has been returned to the woods, where he is more likely to encounter a potential mate.

The bobcat was "beautiful, very wild, very aggressive and scared of people," Jill Argall, director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Verona, said Monday.

The bobcat was found Sunday morning on The Empress, operated by the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control officers removed the bobcat "without injury to men or animal," Ms. Argall said.

The bobcat was taken to the wildlife center, where he was sedated for a veterinary exam. He is healthy, Ms. Argall said, and at 18 pounds is probably on the young side. The weight range of bobcats is 12-30 pounds. …

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