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Chips and Booboo


Chips was found August 24 by members of the Mad River hand crew on the fire that inspired the name of the bobcat, the Chips Fire, burning on the Lassen and Plumas National forests in California. Not wanting to disrupt a natural process, the crew tried to walk away but the bobcat followed them. When they stopped, it curled up on the boots of crew superintendent Tad Hair.

The crew searched for tracks that belonged to its mother and found none. A closer assessment revealed that the kitten had burned paws and eye injuries so they rescued it and contacted Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured or orphaned wildlife and returns them to the wild.

Chips has now recovered from her wounds and will eventually be released into the wild, hopefully next spring. One obstacle that must be overcome is her tendency to be friendly with humans. She has been introduced to two male bobcats who hiss and bare their claws at people and is being taught to hunt by having to chase down live mice.


Boo Boo the bear cub was also found by firefighters on August 24, but on the Mustang Complex Fire in Idaho. Like Chips, Boo Boo had burned paws. An Idaho Fish and Game Officer and a member of the Whiskey Flats Crew took the cub to the Garden Valley Ranger Station, and later transferred it to the nonprofit Snowden Wildlife Sanctuary in McCall, Idaho.

Boo Boo’s paws are still sensitive but the cub is climbing trees and playing with five other orphaned cubs in a two-acre enclosure in the sanctuary. The plan is to release it into the wild in June after hunting season ends.

posted on Dec 28, 2012 9:41 PM ()


What great work these people are accomplishing!!! Thanks for passing this on to us.
comment by steve on Dec 30, 2012 9:43 AM ()
You're welcome. The neighborhood cat here is our friend now, but we're not going to let it into the house.
reply by troutbend on Dec 30, 2012 3:50 PM ()
Awwww.... so cute! That's so sweet that a wild bobcat kitten would act that way. Guess it knew where to turn to for help.
comment by maggiemae on Dec 30, 2012 8:12 AM ()
It knew what it had to do to convince them it needed help.
reply by troutbend on Dec 30, 2012 3:49 PM ()
Bless the good-hearted souls who rescued then and the sanctuaries.
comment by marta on Dec 29, 2012 6:39 PM ()
Bless those wildland firefighters, too.
reply by troutbend on Dec 30, 2012 3:48 PM ()
The people who volunteer and/or work at these places are real heroes--in Florida they are constantly working with manatees, tiger cubs, whales and dolphins!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 29, 2012 8:33 AM ()
I'm always grateful that there are people who can help.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:59 AM ()
Boo boo the bear. LOVE the name!!! I hope he stays safe.
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 29, 2012 7:46 AM ()
It must be so hard to turn them out into the wild to fend for themselves, but better than captivity for the rest of their lives.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:54 AM ()
I am so glad the little ones were saved.
comment by elderjane on Dec 29, 2012 5:54 AM ()
Imagine the heartbreak of finding those little tykes on their own out in the scorched woodlands.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:57 AM ()
Okay, released after the hunting season. But what happens next season? It's heartening to know, however, that these animals are getting help.
comment by tealstar on Dec 29, 2012 5:54 AM ()
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:54 AM ()
comment by jondude on Dec 29, 2012 4:33 AM ()
Isn't that bobcat just the cutest? We saw an adult at our place one summer. They are very shy.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:52 AM ()
glad these animals could be saved

yer tenderhearted pal
comment by honeybugg on Dec 29, 2012 12:13 AM ()
The way the bobcat kept following them reminded me of the fox that comes to visit me. Maybe some animals are just born with a trusting way about them.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:51 AM ()
Happy ending for both of those , after bushfires here Koala bears are found with the same problem burnt paws and are treated at a sanctuary till well again
comment by kevinshere on Dec 28, 2012 10:17 PM ()
I hope we don't have any bad fires this coming summer. The one that someone started in October is still smoldering.
reply by troutbend on Dec 29, 2012 9:50 AM ()

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