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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 3A By Laurie L. Pearson . Chips Fire Information Officer - Trainee While conducting patrol and mop-up operations Saturday, Aug. 25, on the north end of the Chips Fire, the Mad River Hand Crew encountered a re- markable sight -- a baby bob- cat, wandering along the side of the road, alone and dazed. "It seemed to be confused," said Tad Hair, Mad River Hand Crew superintendent. According to Hair, it was the size of a domestic kitten and seemed to have impaired vi- sion, perhaps from the smoke and ash in its eyes. "It was walking in circles near a stump," said Hair. Once the crew verified there was no obvious physical in- jury members attempted to walk away, but the kit fol= lowed their movements. Each time the crew stopped, she would curl up on Hair's boots, snuggling into his chaps. Hair and his crew searched a large area, but there were "no tracks, whatsoever, in the ash except for this little gal's" and they found no sign of a mother bobcat. The lone kit, so young that its eyes appeared to be just starting to open, seemed aban- doned and lost in the aftermath of the Chips Fire. According to the National Geographic, bobcats live a solitary life and females will typically choose a secluded den to raise one to six kits, teaching them to hunt for up b byb Firefighters found a baby bobcat Aug. 28 near Lake Almanor. Named "Chips," she weighs one pound and has second-degree burns on her paws. Chips was transported to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in Truckee, where she was examined and treated. She received fluids, and ointment for her eyes and the burned flesh on her paws. She is the second animal victim of the Chips Fire to be rescued; the first was an osprey. Photo submitted to 12 months before leaving them to sUrvive on their own, "I couldn't just leave her there," said Hair, who chose to name the kit "Chips" after the fire on which she was found. After contacting fire com- munications, Hair brought Chips to the incident com- mand post to await contact with appropriate parties. Charles "Buzz" Smith, inci- dent communications manag- er, contacted the Plumas County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Fish and Game before contacting Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC). LTWC is a volunteer, non- profit organization, "whose function is to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and in- jured wild birds and animals." The organization operates under permits authorized by the U.S. Department of Interior and Wildlife Services, as well as California Fish and Game. There are no fees associated with the acceptance and care of animals, nor is any animal re- fused care according to LTWC. Public information staff cared for Chips, giving her a couple of ice chips and plenty of tender loving care. Within 45 b t minutes of the call, Anna Thompson, a professor of biolo- gy at Feather River College and a volunteer for LTWC, respond- ed to the Chips Fire incident command post with her family. Chips responded well to a few pipettes of a special kit formula. Chips was energetic and curious as Thompson placed her into a carrier. Thompson assured public information staff that Chips was in good hands and trans- ported her to a firefighter who took Chips to LTWC, where professionals experienced in the care of bobcats examined her and treated her injuries. LTWC Executive Director and co-founder Cheryl Mill- ham reported Chips is doing "just great." Once Chips arrived at the shelter, a veterinarian took over, flushing her eyes again and treating them with med- icated ointment applied three times a day. "We are optimistic that once the infection is clear., Chips will regain full vision in both eyes," Millham said. Chips had second-degree burns on all of her paws, so the veterinarian cleaned off the dead tissue, treated and wrapped Chips' tender paws. Until her feet heal, she rests on a very soft bed, and eats up to six pulverized mice per day, plus additional formula, as needed. To keep Chips' paws dry during the healing process, staff give her a "spit bath" m Chi after each feeding, consisting along with other bobcats." of a moist warm cloth which When the staff deems it ap- they use to gently rub her fur propriate, Chips will be re- while she eats, then she con- leased back into the wild, in tentedly returns to sleep, an area with abundant food The next step in the process, sources. said Millham, is to ensure When he learned of Chips' Chips is exposed to other bob- well-being, Hair was grateful. cats to learn appropriate be- "(I) would love to be involved haviors. 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The Susanville Chapter of the buck, removed the arrow Three of the bucks were Mule Deer Foundation has from the flesh of its ear, treat- poached within the city limits added $250 to the reward, ed its wounds and released of Susanville and the other The most useful informa- the animal. was poached near the city. tion from witnesses includes On Sunday, Aug. 19, a cross- "These poachershaveshown license plate numbers, vehi- bow killed a trophy buck total disregard for public safety cle and suspect descriptions within the area of South by shooting deadly weapons in (approximate style, size, col- Spring Street. Warden Buck- residentiallareas and within or, age and unique character- ler worked with Susanville the city limits." said Lassen istics), time, location and last Police Department and County Warden Nick Buckler. known direction of travel. Lassen County Sheriff's Of- "Almost as disturbing is the Recent examples in and rice to track blood and gather lack of respect for Lassen nearSusanville: evidence. County's wildlife, especially On Sunday, Aug. 27, a large Buckler discovered a cross- our famous trophy bucks." buck was shot with a bow and bow arrow, or bolt, buried in All of the recently poached arrow in the area of North the buck. Officials are analyz- bucks were killed or shot Gilman Street in Susanville. ing the crossbow bolt for within 50 yards of houses. Warden Buckler, DFG Lt. Carol forensic evidence. DFG wardens ask Su- Growdon, DFG environmental Another buck was shot with sanville residents with infor- scientist Brian Ehler and local a bow and arrow on Center mation that could help identi- veterinarian Boyd Taylor Road, just west of High Desert fy the poachers to call the Cal- ifornians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) line at (888) 334-22~8, Callers may remain anony- mous. 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