In 1994, W.E.R.C. developed its ground-breaking, world-renowned bobcat kitten program to ensure that single bobcat orphans do not become habituated during their time in care. The program helps socialize the orphan and reinforces bobcat behavior, such as hunting and stalking techniques, while ensuring that when the bobcat is released back to its native habitat, it will steer clear of humans. The bobcat "mommy" de-odorizes herself by rubbing herbs all over her clothes and hair, gets into a full-body costume that has been scented with bobcat urine, puts on heavy gloves, and places a big, furry bobcat mask on her head. Never uttering any sounds, she walks on all fours, feeding the kitten, cleaning up, and then playing "chase-the-mouse", "attack the twig", and other favorite bobcat games.
W.E.R.C., the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center provides the community with rehabilitation services for orphaned, injured and sick native wildlife. Through our educational programs, W.E.R.C. encourages a peaceful coexistence between civilization and our native wildlife. Federal tax ID #77-0324296