LAGUNA BEACH — A bobcat struck by a police car on a canyon road in Southern California earlier this year has been released back into the wild after making a full recovery.

The 1-year-old bobcat darted from its kennel, paused for a moment, and then disappeared down into a remote canyon at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Saturday.

“It’s almost anti-climactic, two seconds and he’s gone,” said Dr. Scott Weldy, the veterinarian who treated the cat for multiple injuries.

Laguna Beach Police Officer Thomas McGuire said at the time that he initially thought he’d hit someone’s pet when the cat darted in front of his vehicle Feb. 19.

McGuire said when he got out to check, he realized the animal was bigger than a house cat.

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