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Collection: Max Bobcat

Species: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
DOB: September 1, 2010
Sex: Male
Arrival Date: November 29, 2023

Rescue Story: In 2023, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) took in 34 cats from Big Cat Rescue, an accredited Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) sanctuary in Tampa, FL. Big Cat Rescue (BCR) was founded in 1992 to safeguard the world's exotic wildcat species through a multifaceted approach with conservation efforts to protect them in captivity and their natural habitats. BCR championed the fight on Capitol Hill, which aided in passing the Big Cat Public Safety Act in December of 2022. With united missions, BCR and TCWR have collaborated in rescuing exotic animals nationally, and both are founding members of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA). BCR has been a leader in captive wildlife advocacy for over 30 years, and with the new Act passed in Congress, its mission has shifted to focus on conservation efforts in the wild. BCR approached TCWR in 2023 about relocating their remaining animals to the beautiful Ozarks. TCWR broke ground on the new habitat expansion, Freedom Field, in 2023, where BCR animals will reside. Max is one of the 34 cats relocated from BCR.

Original Rescue Story: Max had previously been purchased from a backyard breeder and was living as a pet in Rhode Island. Owning a bobcat in Rhode Island is illegal, and a local veterinarian assisted in seizing Max from his previous owners. After a lengthy legal battle, the state of Rhode Island won and granted ownership of Max to BCR in May 2011. Throughout the legal battle, Max had resided at BCR and quickly embraced his new life in captivity.  
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