Skip to comments.Bobcat that attacked Massachusetts family was rabid, officials say
Posted on 01/09/2013 7:56:15 PM PST by South40
The wild bobcat that attacked two people in Brookfield, Mass., leaving a man with severe gashes on his face and arms, had rabies, according to a town official.
Stephen J. Comtois, chairman of the town council, announced at a council meeting Tuesday evening that the bobcat was infected with the neurological disease, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. Comtois said the victims of the attack were being treated with vaccination shots.
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 ran inside to retrieve a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, and Mundell shot the animal, Blancherd said.
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An AR-15 or Mini-14 firing 223 ammo from an extended magazine would have probably saved them from those painful and extended anti-rabies treatment.
Oh man, they should have called the cops.
Expect an executive order in the morning banning bobcats.
So it is a Kennedy.
I'm sure that's what DiFi would have done.
Good thing it wasnt a ‘gun-free’ zone!
(Just hasn't been himself since he lost "Wing" and "Ding.")
So the next thing I expect to read about is how the wife is going to be prosecuted for having an unregistered handgun.
It's amazing what Americans can do.
Sorry the guy has to get the shots. But he'll have great scars and a story for the grandkids.
"We beat that sumbitch with yer granny's crutch and held it down until granny could fetch the pistol"
Oh yeah. He keeps his man card and gets a 'story' punch on his ticket.
We caught one in our big humane trap last year...it was WILD! I suspect it was what had been pilfering chickens.
BTW.. look at the interesting Bobcat image my friend caught with his game camera.
I have to say that of all the wild animals I’ve ever encountered, bobcats make me the most uneasy. They just aren’t afraid of people.
Great pic. Living at the end of a dirt road in the back country of East San Diego County for the last 30 years I have a few bobcat stories of my own. But after reading this story I’ll save them for another day as they just don’t seem to compare.
Armed citizen ping!
I needed to shoot a rabid ‘coon last June.
A real man woulda used a knife...
Is that a rat? The look on its face is priceless!
Mr. Evel Handgun to the rescue!
I laughed out loud when I first read it, and again tonight.
The shots aren’t so bad. EXCEPT that before the rabies shots begin you have to get this other stuff - I forget what it’s called now, “globulin” something or other, but the number of hypos depends on your weight. I had to have five I think - kinda BIG shots. The actual rabies vaccine injections aren’t bad, they are normal sized and just go in your shoulder.
You get them in a series. I was expecting problems with side effects ( I always have such problems), but I only experienced some sleepiness an hour or so after the injection. That was it.
I think these people already went through the worst part of it in tangling with that bobcat. Amazing story.
They stalked and murdered an unarmed Bobcat? Maybe it was just looking for some Skittles.
It is some sort of a rat.
It may have escaped, when the LED flash fired I suspect the cat dropped the rat..the sudden flash of light would have been startling.
"Like a rabid dog in the street."
The animal attacked him and his nephew while they working on a project outdoors, in his driveway. Where they live, there is rarely any need for a firearm for self protection. Occasionally, but rarely.
I live a few miles northeast of them. I have seen at least one bobcat in Concord, MA (maybe a mile north of the Old North Bridge), which is a few miles east of me. When I take my grandson sledding in a remote area, I worry just a little bit about bobcats. More nowadays.
Did you use a 12ga? Makes a mess but does the job. I shot one foamy coon and a rabid possum with the .50cal Beowulf w/ 335gr loads, and didn’t find half of either animal. Buzzards took care of the rest of it.
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