- Eugene, Oregon, USA -
The method used to kill an innocent animal found in the wrong place at the wrong time sparked a lot of controversy and now the Humane Society of the United States and Predator Defense are speaking out!
They are demanding that the matter be investigated, and the agencies involved held accountable for the indefensible act.
News outlets report that on October 16, staff at Oak Hill School called the authorities after a bobcat was seen in an office.
Reportedly, the helpless animal was locked in until officials arrived.
It’s extremely important to stress the fact that no one was injured and that the bobcat, believed to be 6 months old, did not pose any threat!
The fact that the bobcat entered a school with the presence of humans, was considered as ‘abnormal behavior’ by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the decision was made to not release him back into the wild, but to humanely euthanize him instead.
Sadly, this is not what really happened!
The Humane Society of the United States reports that an official with the ODFW sent an email to Predator Defense saying that poor animal was not ‘humanely euthanized’ like ODFW and Lane County Sheriff’s Office claimed.
The kitten was killed by blunt force trauma to the head!
A second bobcat was also found, a male believed to be a sibling of the one killed.
He was released into the wild.
Wildlife ecologist John Laundré, Ph.D said: “I was dismayed with the unprofessional way ODFW handled the recent incident with the bobcat kitten at Oak Hill School that led to its death.”
Last picture via Eugene Weekly