A five-month-old mountain lion cub burned in the Sonoma, California forest fires will not be freed into the wild. Instead, he will live his life at a wildlife sanctuary. On Thursday, the California Fish and Wildlife Services stated the cub was too inexperienced to survive in the wild without his mother.
According to AbcNews, both Deanna Clifford, a senior veterinarian with the organization and Winston Vickers, a wildlife veterinarian and mountain lion expert with the University of California, Davis, where the cub is being treated agreed with the decision.
About a month ago, the cub was rescued after a civilian spotted him hiding near a residential street; his paws had been badly burned:
“City of Santa Paula – GovernmentEarlier today a citizen reported a mountain lion sighting in a brush off Main Street, between Dean and Steckel. #SantaPaulaPD set up a perimeter and called California Fish and Wildlife. After 4.5 hours, the team was able to get a blow dart tranquilizer on the animal. Upon capture, the animal was examined. The reported mountain lion was in fact a male mountain cub weighing about 40-60 lbs. The paws were burned from the Thomas Fire. The cub appears to be an orphan cub and if it was not captured today, would’ve most likely starved and died. It will be taken to Fish and Wildlife’s facility to be treated and moved to a center. A big “Thank you” to Santa Paula PD, Fish and Wildlife, and everyone involved for keeping the residents and cub safe.”
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