Mountain lion kitten given bratwurst is recovering well

WALSENBURG, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a mountain lion kitten that was rescued from a couple who sickened it with a bratwurst is doing much better.

The cat spent a couple months recovering at Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore. CPW tweeted out that it is now a "growing and growling cat."

In November 2018, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced someone made a mountain lion kitten sick by feeding it bratwurst.

The incident could have turned out much differently since the kitten, estimated by wildlife biologists to be under six months of age, was fed human food when it probably was not yet weaned from its mother’s milk and may have only eaten regurgitated solids from its mother.

That's why CPW's announcement also came with a warning: if you come across wildlife you think might be orphaned you need to call them and you should not feed the animal.

The people in possession of the kitten published photos on social media showing it in a cage. They claimed they found it in a snowbank after a snowplow passed by. They also claimed they released it back to the wild after allowing it to “thaw out.” In fact, officials say they collected the kitten from their home in Walsenburg the next day.