January 7, 2013

Mass. man attacked by bobcat in his garage

The Associated Press

BROOKFIELD, Mass. — A Brookfield man says all he heard was a hiss, before a bobcat pounced on him in his own garage, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back.

Roger Mundell Jr. went into the garage Sunday morning to fetch some tie-down ratchet straps for a friend when the animal attacked.

The wildcat ran out of the garage where it bit Mundell's 15-year-old nephew on the arms and back.

Mundell and his wife pinned the cat to the ground and shot it dead.

Mundell, his nephew and his wife, are being treated for rabies. His wife was not bitten, but got the animal's blood on her.

State environmental police took the bobcat to have it tested for rabies, which they think is likely given its unusual behavior.

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