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Bobcat Suffers Mild Concussion After Being Hit By Car

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A man reported "hitting a tiger" with his car at 2 a.m. Sunday in Riverside; the tiger turned out to be a bobcat, which suffered scrapes and bruises but wasn't seriously hurt. (No word on the man's car.)

Animal control officers Cecelia Morris and Tiffany Fuller responded to the scene of the accident on La Sierra Avenue in Riverside, near Victoria Avenue, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The officers looked underneath the man's car and discovered a bobcat hiding near one of the front wheels. They were able to capture it with a catch pole.

The animal appeared to be dazed. The young male, about 8 months old, appeared to have a concussion according to the vet who checked it out. The animal suffered visible abrasions to his head and body but escaped serious harm.

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Later that day, Fuller returned to the clinic and was found the bobcat alert and "spunky."

After consulting with The Living Desert, a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of wildlife, the vet and officers decided the best plan was to release the bobcat back into the wild.

The cat was released near La Sierra Avenue and El Sobrante Road, a rural spot that was within four miles of where he was first found.

Coincidentally, Project Bobcat reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee is voting on the Bobcat Protection Act today. The act would limit commercial trapping of bobcats in California.

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