January 9, 2013

Bobcat that attacked Mass. man had rabies

The Associated Press

BROOKFIELD, Mass. — The bobcat that attacked a Massachusetts man and his nephew had rabies.

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Roger Mundell Jr. bears cuts on his face from an attack by a bobcat in his garage in Brookfield, Mass. The cat ran out of the garage and bit Mundell's 15-year-old nephew on the arms and back before it was shot dead.

AP

The Telegram & Gazette reports that state lab results on the dead animal were announced at Tuesday night's select board meeting in Brookfield.

Wildlife officials suspected that the bobcat that attacked Roger Mundell Jr. on Sunday was rabid because of its unusually aggressive behavior.

After pouncing on Mundell, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back and holding him in what he described as a bear hug, the animal went outside and bit the 15-year-old boy.

Mundell shot and killed the bobcat.

He, his nephew and his wife — who was not bitten but got the animal's blood on her — have already started rabies treatments.

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