Monty is a male bobcat. He was born in 2002. Monty was de-clawed as a youngster and kept as an illegal pet. At age four, he was confiscated by the MNR. By this time, he was completely habituated to humans and no longer had the skills or equipment he needed to survive in the wild. Monty was placed in the non-releasable wildlife compound at Springwater Provincial Park, where he lived on his own for seven years. When the compound closed in 2013, Monty was given a new home at Aspen Valley.
In the wild, bobcats are elusive, nocturnal, fierce hunters that prey upon mice, squirrels and birds and can also take down prey much larger than themselves. Bobcats usually live 10-15 years in the wild, but can live over 20 years in captivity.
Monty is now living in the same enclosure with Jardica and Jinx the lynx, his long-time neighbours from Springwater Park.