Woman picks up injured bobcat, puts it in car next to child

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, an injured bobcat is shown in a crate after a Colorado Springs, Colo, woman tried to help it by putting it in her car, just inches away from where her child was sitting in a safety seat. The agency says the cat, which was possibly hit by a vehicle, posed a threat to the woman and her boy and that it’s better to let officials handle injured wildlife, especially predators like bobcats. The mortally injured cat was euthanized. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs woman put an injured bobcat into her car, inches away from her 3-year-old child who was in a safety seat. Officials now have a warning: Do not pick up wildlife.

Bill Vogrin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, says the woman spotted the injured adult male cat while driving, wrapped it in a blanket, and put it in the back of her SUV on Wednesday.

Agency officials told her to get her boy and herself out of the vehicle when she called to ask what to do.

Vogrin says District Wildlife Manager Sarah Watson responded to the call, opened a door and slammed it shut when she spotted the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cat.

Watson used a trapping device to remove the animal, which was hissing and resisting despite severe internal injuries and paralyzed rear legs. The mortally injured cat was euthanized.

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