Wednesday, January 9, 2013

News: Bobcat Attacks Family

In all my time out in the woods, I’ve never seen a Bobcat. The tests on this animal came back positive for rabies.

From NBCNews.com:

Three people, including a teenager, went face-to-face with an unlikely visitor to a Brookfield, Mass., home on Sunday: a wild bobcat.

Roger Mundell, 53, discovered the animal in his garage, police said. Before he had a chance to get his bearings, the bobcat lunged at him.

"It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mundell told WHDH, an NBC station in Boston. "I didn't have time to process it."

Mundell sustained a large gash on his forehead and puncture wounds on his arms during the attack.

"It hit me with it's face right here," Mundell told WHDH, pointing to the wound on his forehead. "Then it gave me a bear hug."

Mundell wrenched away from the animal and ran inside his house, slamming the door to the garage behind him. After Mundell told his wife -- whose name was not given -- what happened, she bolted out the front door to alert her 15-year-old nephew, according to Brookfield police chief Michael Blancherd.

But as soon as Mundell's wife went outside, the bobcat emerged from the garage's side door and lunged at her nephew. Mundell, who had also gone outside to warn his nephew, charged forward to rescue the teenager.

"I had to get it off my nephew," Mundell said. "I was in a t-shirt by then and that's when it ripped up my arms and stuff like that."

Mundell's next-door neighbor, Jim Mortenson, told WHDH he witnessed the attacks from his home's driveway, but the wheelchair-bound man couldn't do much to help.

"[The bobcat] just jumped on him, you know -- claws on him, was just trying to get him," Mortenson told WHDH.

Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife darted inside to retrieve a handgun, which Mundell used to shoot and kill the animal, Blancherd said.

Mundell and his nephew were transported to a hospital to be treated for their injuries. The bobcat's carcass was taken to a veterinary hospital, where it will be tested for rabies, officer Sean Marino said.

Although bobcat sightings are not unusual in the isolated area where Mundell lives, attacks are rare.”

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