Colorado woman puts injured bobcat in SUV next to child, authorities say

SEE: Woman puts injured bobcat in car next to child, authorities say

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado woman picked up an injured bobcat and put it in her SUV, unrestrained, next to her child's car seat -- and now authorities are warning other parents not to do the same.

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer responded Thursday morning to a call about in injured bobcat in Colorado Springs, the CPW's Southeast Region tweeted. The officer found a woman had put the "mortally wounded" bobcat in her SUV, feet away from a child in a car seat.

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No one was injured, but CPW officials admonished the woman and warned others to never pick up wild animals. Officials tweeted a picture of the big cat.

"See this bobcat? Notice its large teeth? Imagine the claws within its big paws," the tweet said. "A #ColoradoSprings woman picked up this injured wild cat and put it in her car where her child was seated! NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS. She was lucky. Please call @COParksWildlife and let us handle."

The CPW officer removed the bobcat. Officials told KCNC-TV  the bobcat had been hit by a car and its back legs were paralyzed, so it was "humanely euthanized."