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Turlock animal hospital cares for injured mountain lion cub
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An emaciated mountain lion cub was dropped off at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital on Sunday after it was found in the Butte Fire area with burnt paws and a damaged left eye. - photo by Photo Contributed

Another mountain lion was spotted in Turlock this week, but this time the animal did not merit warnings from local school districts or searches by the Turlock Police Department. 

Instead, an emaciated mountain lion cub, which was delivered to Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital on Sunday after it was found in the Butte Fire area with burnt paws and a damaged left eye, received sympathy from the community in the form of nearly 4,000 “likes” and over 500 shares on the hospital’s Facebook page.

“We just gave it supportive care knowing that the wildlife people would be here in the morning to give it proper wildlife care,” said veterinarian Rob Santos.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife picked up the mountain lion on Monday and transported it to their wildlife veterinary facility in Rancho Cordova, where it will be medically treated and rehabilitated.

Bobbie Carne, who wrote on Facebook that she brought in the mountain lion and named it “Fire Claw,” said that Department of Fish and Wildlife gave the anima fluids to mitigate its emaciation and that they have plans to release the cat as soon as it is healthy.

Santos said that the fairgrounds in Plymouth are taking in cats, dogs and other pets that are hurt or displaced by the fire. The local hospital is planning to send veterinarian Doug Marks—who is also a staff veterinarian for Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center—there on Thursday to provide assistance.

Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center animal care coordinator Duane Dahl said that the center has not received any injured or displaced animals resulting from the fire, however, if a wild animal needs to be brought in they have plenty of space.

“I haven’t heard of other facilities that have accepted animals from the fire, at least not this far south,” said Dahl, “but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. I know all of the ones in the north are filling up and they are asking for volunteers to help out.”

Dahl said that the facility is capable of taking care of most wild animals, including coyotes, raccoons, foxes and a variety of bird species.

“We stop at animals that are the size of a deer,” said Dahl. “We aren’t capable of handling anything of that size.”

Dahl said that the center is also accepting donated goods for animals that have been injured or displaced by the Butte Fire. Those interested can drop off donations anytime between 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week at 1220 Geer Rd., in Hughson.