Storm eventually had to be darted from a distance. She managed to climb into a tree before the effects of the tranquilizer kicked in. She fell asleep and landed straight into a freezing cold river, catching hypothermia. Thankfully, she was pulled out, warmed up and taken into custody.
"They had not seen a mom in days, so they believe the mother was shot, but they didn't have proof of that," Thies said, adding that since the state of Washington doesn't allow for rehabilitation and release, the only other alternative the cats had was to find a forever home at a sanctuary - and that's how they ended up at Wildcat Sanctuary.