Orphaned California bobcat released into wild

Orphaned California bobcat released into wild
n this December 19, 2012 file photo "Chips" the bobcat is seen in an enclosure in Placerville, Calif. The orphaned Northern California bobcat that was initially deemed too friendly is back in the wild. Chips was released along with her den mate, Sierra, on Friday, April 19, 2013 in Humboldt County. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — An orphaned Northern California bobcat that was initially deemed too friendly is back in the wild.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that Chips has been released along with her den mate, Sierra, in Humboldt County.

Chips had spent more than seven months in rehabilitation after she was found injured by crews battling a wildfire last August in the Plumas National Forest.

Nan Powers with the group Sierra Wildlife Rescue says Chips was ready to be released into the wild. She would spit and growl when humans came near.

But that wasn't always the case, so rescuers had to toughen up the cat because she had become too friendly. That involved forcing her to chase down her own food and stop sleeping on a soft bed.