People at CDFW wished the kitten bon voyage, as they transported him to his new home, where he will have access to veterinary care and will eventually serve as an "educational conservation ambassador to the public," according to CDFW. "CDFW will let the facility make their own public announcement when they are ready."
Some people worry that this means the cub was given to a zoo of some kind, rather than the wildlife sanctuary he deserves. "Release this cat back into the wild when it is healed," one commenter wrote on Facebook. "Why have you sentenced it to a life of captivity???"
Another commenter chimed in, drawing from her past experience. "I worked at a sanctuary for unreleasable wildlife," she wrote. "Mountain lions live with their parents and are taught life skills for two years. Sadly, at such a young age, humans just don't have the capacity to teach a mountain lion what it is to be a mountain lion and survive in the wild ... At least we don't have the tools to do so yet."