BANGOR — Police in the Maine city of Bangor are warning people to be careful handling injured animals after a woman tried to rescue a cat that she had hit with her vehicle that turned out to be a bobcat.

Police say the female driver believed the cat was seriously injured or dead and placed it in her van just after midnight on Wednesday morning.

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But while she was driving the cat became alert and she realized it was a bobcat.

The woman got out of the vehicle and the bobcat went under the van.

Police used a catch pole to secure the animal until a game warden arrived. The game warden said the animal’s injuries were so severe that it had to be euthanized.