Found a Fox or Bobcat?

Central Oregon Foxes and Bobcats

Foxes and Bobcats are carnivores native to Central Oregon. 

DO NOT attempt to handle these animals - they are rabies vector species and can carry and transfer rabies without exhibiting symptoms!

Orphaned foxes and bobcats should be reunited with parents as soon as possible.

Injured foxes and bobcats should be contained and brought to Think Wild for care.

DO NOT offer food or water to injured or orphaned animals! 

Below are tips for what to do if you find an orphaned or injured fox or bobcat.

Orphaned Foxes and Bobcats

If baby IS NOT injured

  • Leave the baby right where they are - DO NOT TOUCH the animal
  • Monitor from a distance for AT LEAST 24 hours to see if parents return (Think Wild can lend you a game camera to help with monitoring!) 
  • If very cold out, provide a small box turned on its side with heat support (microwaved sock filled with rice & wrapped in a towel) - DO NOT touch the animal - they will move into the box if needed
  • Try to locate the den - look for tracks, scat, fur, soil/sand mounds
  • Contact Think Wild ASAP - (541) 241-8680
  • Special notes: 
    • If eyes are open - they are commonly seen alone at this age and parents are probably nearby
    • If eyes are shut - the cub is dependent on their mother and too young to be alone out of the den

 

If baby IS INJURED (visible blood, wounds, broken limb, severe emaciation or lethargy)

  • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle mustelids with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
  • Gently usher animal into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
  • Contain animal in a in a well-ventilated box or crate lined with a towel or blanket
  • Provide heat via microwaved sock filled with rice - wrap in a towel
  • Keep animal in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
  • Contact Think Wild ASAP - (541) 241-8680

Injured Foxes and Bobcats

Signs a fox or bobcat needs care: 

  • Visible wounds, blood, or debris on the animal
  • Very heavy or very shallow breathing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Neurologic symptoms: balance issues, walking in circles, head tic, etc.
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking
  • Visibly emaciated (bones visible beneath loose skin)
  • Crusty eyes or nasal discharge
  • Entanglement in barbed wire, garden netting, fencing, etc.
  • Caught by a predator or domestic animal (ALL cat-caught native wildlife require treatment)

If you find an injured animal...

At night or outside of hotline operating hours: 

  • Wear heavy gloves - do not handle mustelids with bare hands - they are rabies vector species
  • Capture with a live trap, large box, or dog crate
  • Gently usher animal into box or crate with a broom or branch if needed
  • Keep in a dark, quiet location away from humans and pets
  • If animal is too alert to capture, please monitor until Think Wild operating hours
  • Contact Think Wild at 8 am - (541) 241-8680

During the day:

  • Contact Think Wild immediately - (541) 241-8680
  • Monitor the animal's condition and behavior from at least 25 feet away
  • Take photos and videos
  • Contain the animal if instructed to do so, or stay in the area until Think Wild team arrives

Please contact the wildlife hotline ASAP if you find an injured fox or bobcat - (541) 241-8680

Think Wild Veterinarian