Bobcat kitten roaming around Lakeland

The kitten was spotted several times in Lakeland, but no one can seem to catch it.

A bobcat kitten is roaming around Lakeland after its mother was killed, and workers with SPCA Florida and Big Cat Rescue are desperately trying to capture it.

A car hit the kitten’s mother at the intersection of Harden Blvd. and Oakbridge Parkway in on July 21.  The kitten has been spotted in the area and concerned citizens tried to capture it, but it ran off into high grass and hasn’t been seen for days.

Trappers are afraid the kitten won’t be able to survive by itself.

“He still needs to nurse off his mom,” Bruce Nance, a trapper with SPCA Florida said. “He may be able to find food on his own, but if we don't catch him soon, his chances are going down and down.”

Nance put out more than a dozen traps, but they only captured opossums, rats and even a couple of snakes. 

Big Cat Rescue is trying to capture the kitten to rehab it and prepare it for life in the wild when it’s old enough to fend for itself.

If you see the kitten, you’re asked to call Big Cat Rescue, SPCA Florida or FWC.

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