COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Officials have a warning after a Colorado Springs woman put an injured bobcat in her car, inches away from where her child was in a safety seat.
"See this bobcat? Notice its large teeth. Imagine the claws within its big paws," Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrote on Twitter. "A Colorado Springs woman picked up this injured wild cat and put it in her car where her child was seated! NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS. She was lucky."
Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin 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.
A boy, about 3 years old, was in the back seat.
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 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.
The wildlife agency reminded the public that this situation could "have been very tragic."