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Brianna is a female bobcat who arrived at the sanctuary in 2012. She was 5 years old at the time.

We’d received a call from a Minnesota owner of four bobcats looking to relinquish them.  His 3-year old granddaughter had a very close call while near one of the cages and the owner was also scratched severely, requiring stitches.  His family convinced him to reach out to The Wildcat Sanctuary in order to spare the bobcats’ lives.

bobcats_before_being_rescuedThe four bobcats had been purchased online from a Montana breeder.  The owner’s intention was to breed them here in Minnesota and eventually kill them for their pelts.  

Montana breeders have been selling kittens for decades, for as much as $1,750.  They will ship the cats anywhere, apparently with no questions asked, as long as the buyer can pay.

Many of the cities and states where these wild cats end up have laws and ordinances that make it illegal to own them.  But, for years, nothing has been done.  It’s outrageous and heartbreaking that we have been called on to rescue so many, just like these four.

Sadly, in order for the owner to remain detached, none of the bobcats had been named. We agreed to take them in, since we were concerned about the safety of this family and the lives of these bobcats.  All of our permanent enclosures were full, so we quickly built temporary enclosures for them.

Life at the Sanctuary

The bobcats lived in 4×8 wire suspended cages in the owner’s backyard.  The pick-up went extremely well and the owner was very helpful. Once we safely captured and  transported the bobcats back to the sanctuary, our vet performed intake exams, as well as spay and neuters on them.  All were treated for intestinal parasites, too.

Having never felt grass under their paws, this would be the bobcats’ first opportunity.  It was a joyous moment when they were released into their habitat here at the Sanctuary.  They began acting like kittens, exploring their new areas, tossing their enrichment high into the air, batting it around and rolling in the grass and on the different scents.

We could hardly contain our tears as we watched them jumping from hammock to den, marking and hugging everything in sight.  What a great day providing a home to these wild cats in need, giving them a second chance at life!

A family member of the owner has since shared this: “Thank you for taking them! I am very glad he chose to let them live. I told him that you provide the most amazing life for the cats.”

Brianna and Stelter have lived together here at the sanctuary for many years now. Being able to give them companionship for life, and the chance to live wild at heart is the greatest gift ever!

How You Can Help

Lifelong care for wild cats is very expensive. That’s why we started our sponsorship program, to help cover these costs. Would you consider being Brianna’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one-time donation toward her care goes a long way in helping.  It’s easy using the buttons at the top of this page. Thank you for your compassionate support!


Brianna is namedBrianna

When the four Minnesota bobcats were rescued from their owner’s backyard cages, they had no names.

Brianna was named by supporter Charlene Boden who won the naming rights via our eBay auction.  Brianna means “Strong One,” which she definitely is since she always puts herself between her caregivers and her male companion.  Charlene thinks she would have been a good huntress since she’s an alpha female, for sure.

October 2012

It’s been a few months since four bobcats were rescued and brought to our Sanctuary.  And my, oh my, how life has changed for them!

No longer timid, they’ve spent so much of their time exploring around the tall grass and flowers of their summer habitat.  The trees, hammocks, pools, perches, and indoor dens have been such treats for them.  Imagine how life has changed from what little they had before to all we’ve been able to give them now.

Brianna had lived on her own after Stelter passed away in 2021.  In 2023, Brianna was introduced to Canada Lynx Ramsey.  They are cohabitating well but prefer their independence.   They both enjoyn plenty of food and scent enrichments.  Their favorite is tuna and temptation treats.


Three major news media stations were on-hand to cover the story of their rescue. 

You can watch their coverage here:



More details about the Minnesota bobcat rescue can also be read here: