A Vermont woman was injured when attacked by a bobcat suspected of having rabies—and there was nearly a second victim.
A game warden with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department shot and killed the Bobcat Wednesday in Hartford, Vermont after saying the animal charged out of its hiding place under a vehicle, toward the officer.
NBC 5 News, an affiliate of necn, reported the warden was responding to a report that the bobcat attacked a woman in an apartment complex, causing minor injuries.
Wildlife officials said the victim was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire, and is expected to recover.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department said it’s now waiting on test results to confirm if the animal had rabies.
“Having a bobcat attack somebody is certainly unusual,” observed Lt. Dennis Amsden of Fish & Wildlife. “And in this case—two different scenes in a very short period of time.”
Amsden told NBC 5 News that bobcats are more common in Vermont than most people know.
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He said because healthy animals generally stay far from people, they are rarely seen, but that does not mean the population here is sparse.