By Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News
Published December 11, 2008 at 2:03 p.m.
Updated December 11, 2008 at 11:53 p.m.
The young female bobcat injured on C-470 in September has survived surgery and rehabilitation and likely can look forward to a long life hunting rodents, experts say.
She and her sister were hit by a car about a mile north of the Morrison exit on Sept. 23. Her sibling died.
There was no sign of a mother bobcat at the scene.
Lakewood Animal Control and Colorado Division of Wildlife officers arranged for the bobcat to be treated at Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Littleton, where veterinarians repaired her two broken legs.
The animal was later transferred to the Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Larkspur.
The bobcat has doubled in weight to 14 pounds, according to center founder Donna Ralph, and X-rays show that her legs healed properly.
"We are very optimistic she will be released" into the wild, to search for her own food and, someday, have young bobcats of her own, Ralph said.
Bobcats at a glance
Often mistaken for lynxes, the young can even be mistaken for mountain lions.
Range: Found widely across North America, including all over Colorado.
Diet: Primarily rabbits; also mice, voles and birds.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org