Injured bobcat rescued by Deerfield officer sent to wildlife clinic

  • This injured bobcat discovered on the side of Route 10 in South Deerfield was taken to the veterinary hospital across the road. DEERFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 4/12/2021 6:40:34 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After being rescued Sunday by a Deerfield police officer, veterinarians and a local resident with a “trusty net,” an injured bobcat is on its way to recovering and returning to the wild.

Deerfield police Officer Mark Puchalski took a report of an injured bobcat next to the driveway of Tree House Brewery at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Once on the scene, Puchalski met with two staff members from the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital and noticed the young bobcat had an injured rear leg.

With the help of a resident “and his trusty net,” Puchalski said, they were able to carry the injured animal to the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital at 141 Greenfield Road, right across Route 10 from where the bobcat was found.

“They offered their services to take them across the street, and then we had to find someone local who dealt with wildlife,” Puchalski said, speaking over the phone Monday morning.

After carrying the bobcat to the animal hospital, veterinarians assessed its injuries.

Speaking Monday morning, Logan Chaput, an ER technician at the hospital, said after observing the bobcat’s difficulty walking, they determined it had suffered a possible broken pelvis.

“We’re guessing it was crossing the road either overnight or early morning and got clipped by car — not run over, just clipped,” Pachulski said. “But that’s speculation only.”

The animal was picked up by Tufts Wildlife Clinic from Grafton on Sunday for immediate care, Pachulski said, after which it will be transferred to another location for longer-term rehabilitation.

Chaput, who also has experience as a wildlife rehabilitator in New Hampshire, said it was unusual to see a bobcat at the South Deerfield animal hospital. Since joining the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital about a year ago, she said the practice has treated a couple of hawks and one skunk.

A Deerfield Police Department Facebook post about the incident had garnered over 1,200 “likes” by Monday morning, and Pachulski said the department will likely post an update on the bobcat’s status, “hopefully with some pictures,” to the Facebook page.

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