The volunteers with the Sierra Wildlife Rescue group in Placerville said Chips the bobcat was rescued as an orphaned kitten last summer during a Plumas County wildfire and was soon found to be too friendly toward humans to release into the wild, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Thursday.
"If you have a friendly bobcat in the wild, that's not going to work," said wildlife trainer Jill Tripoli, 56.
Tripoli said Chips has been introduced to a pair of rescued males, Tuffy and Sierra, who are doing a good job of hissing and being unfriendly toward humans. She said Chips receives a squirt from a water bottle when she is seen getting too friendly with a human.
Volunteers said they hope Chips will be ready to be released into the wild next spring alongside Tuffy and Sierra.