Blandford says Artemis has been noticed on the character heart’s path cameras a number of instances and seems to be wholesome.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After almost a month, Artemis the bobcat continues to be missing from the Blandford Nature Center. The Center first posted about Artemis’ disappearance over three weeks in the past on Dec. 30, 2021.
While Artemis continues to be on the unfastened, the Center is answering the neighborhood’s questions. A submit on Blandford’s Facebook web page has responded to incessantly requested questions obtained about Artemis’ escape and makes an attempt to catch her.
Blandford officers say Artemis has been seen on the character heart’s property by way of path cameras, in order that they know she has not traveled far.
They say reside traps have been set for her, and officers commonly test them. When temperatures plummet, the traps are closed to make sure she will not freeze if she is trapped by one.
“She has checked out the traps a number of instances however hasn’t entered one but,” the submit reads. “We proceed to seek the advice of with native consultants about one of the best search techniques.”
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Artemis seems to be wholesome, in response to Blandford, and is surviving on her personal since she hasn’t entered any traps for meals but.
Some neighborhood members have been questioning why Artemis or her brother, Apollo, can’t be launched since she seems to be doing nicely on her personal. Blandford officers say wildlife rehabilitators decided Artemis and Apollo would probably be unable to outlive within the wild as a consequence of missing a essential studying interval when their mom died.
“Artemis’ pure instincts seem to have kicked in throughout this case and she or he is surviving. It might prove that Artemis does not get hungry sufficient to be trapped and makes Blandford a part of her territory, however city areas aren’t supreme for bobcats as a consequence of site visitors and different human exercise,” officers mentioned. “Apollo can’t be launched as a result of he has not been in the identical state of affairs, and we have no idea if he would have the ability to survive on his personal.”
Blandford says that any bobcat sightings round West Michigan are unlikely to be Artemis, since she seems to be staying across the Nature Center’s property. Any sightings ought to be reported to the Grand Rapids Police Department’s non-emergency line at 616-456-3400.
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