Bobcat escapes Blandford Nature Center again


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids is asking for assist discovering a bobcat that has escaped for the second time two weeks.

The feminine bobcat, Artemis, escaped late Thursday, Dec. 30.

The bobcat is roughly the dimensions of a giant home cat. Because of her measurement and younger age, she isn’t prone to be a risk to people or most animals. The nature middle mentioned that the most important concern is for the bobcat’s security.

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Artemis and brother, Apollo, have been discovered within the spring in Hart shortly after beginning. Their mom was struck by a automotive and killed. They wouldn’t have survived on their very own so that they have been taken to Blandford.

Artemis slipped out of an enclosure on Dec. 17 and was captured two days later in a dwell entice northeast of the character middle. Officials initially thought it was her brother that had escaped earlier than figuring out it was Artemis.

Blandford mentioned in a Facebook put up that the enclosure for the bobcats had been authorized by the state Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture with alterations made after the primary escape.

But “Artemis is intelligent and figured out how to open a latch leading to the main enclosure from their secure temporary one and managed to slip through a different spot. This is following her escape two weeks ago, which we believed to be her brother Apollo at the time.”

Related: Runaway bobcat discovered, returned to Grand Rapids nature middle

The nature middle alerted police and the DNR and requested residents to report sightings to Grand Rapids Police Department’s non-emergency quantity at 616-456-3400.

They requested that residents name police quite than try and seize the animal.

The male bobcat is in a brief shelter at John Ball Zoo till adjustments will be made to the enclosure at Blandford.

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