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Man Attacked; Bobcat Tested Positive for Rabies. Video!!

Animals  (tags: bobcat, attack, rabies, animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, habitat, protection, wildanimals )

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The bobcat that bit a man last week has tested positive for rabies. The attack occurred on January 22 near the intersection of Kanner Highway and Warfield Blvd in Indiantown.

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Monday January 26, 2009, 3:42 pm
what was he doing to get attacked? I hope the man is ok and that the cat is put down humanely.

Morgan Griffith (225)
Monday January 26, 2009, 5:03 pm
Yes I hope that this cat was peacefully and skillfully put to sleep so that it did not suffer this horrible disease. It would be most unusual for a bobcat to attack or even show itself for that matter. I have hiked in areas that many bobcats live and other than smelling their really strong spray I have never seen one up close, altho I'm certain they had their eyes on me.

Ray W (10)
Tuesday January 27, 2009, 1:15 pm
A rabid animal don't need a reason to attack. they are out of there mind already because of the disease

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 10:48 am
I hope this poor cat was put to sleep 'humanly'...

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:01 am
Noted! I'd say turn around is fair play as man is always the predator!

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Friday December 14, 2012, 5:00 am
link doesn't go to the artical?

was the man a hunter? or just hiking?

what if it were a child and got bit? that would of been the same "Yahhhhhhhhhhhh turbabout karma. whoo hoo. go get 'em nature. human the hunter is now the prey"

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:38 am
it's a horrible disease, where the animal is not in their right mind, I experienced first hand with a friendly dog who used to run with me while I was on my bike part way down the road every day, until one day he came out the end of his driveway as per usual only this time he started growling & trying to bite me, luckily I was on my bike going down hill, I just put my feet up on the handle bars & kept going, it was sad because he was my friend, but I didn't know him that day it was horrible & he was put down.

Tammy Taylor (12)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 11:01 pm
I couldn't get the link up?

Svetlana B (20)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:54 am

Liz NO FWDS G (70)
Friday March 8, 2013, 9:15 am
Noted and my heart goes out to the beautiful bobcat and the man if he was an innocent guy and not a hunter!!! The bob cat will not suffer anymore,he is at peace now.Thank you Cher.Liz Xx

Laura Gregg (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:21 pm
How about this : stay out of wild animals ways, we wonder why we get attacked and call animals aggressive and whatnot, but maybe just don't intrude in their lives. Might help... For gods sake people.

Camilla Vaga (68)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:57 am
awww poor cat, it breaks my heart it got rabies, i am sorry I care more about the benefit about the bobcat and other animals then of that man

. (3)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:43 am
People need to stay out of wild animal territories. If you mess with them and get bit, then rabies; it's your fault NOT the animals! People who want to live near "nature" should stay away from the animals; they are only protecting their home.

Waltraud U (85)
Monday May 27, 2013, 9:43 am

Rita D (14)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:06 am
Wow! It is so rare for a Bobcat to even come out of the woods to be around a human. The only reason I see is that perhaps a smaller animal such as a racoon,fox etc. may have attacked the cat by chewing at its feet. This seems to be where small animals bite, its' the place where they can reach. Perhaps one of these small animals (normally a racoon) would have had rabies, the man may have been taking a walk and the cat at that point came out and bit him. I do so hope that they found the cat and put it down properly. There are times when guns are used only because the animals themselves are runners' and they cant' catch them only AIM unfortunately. I dont' think this happens very often.

Ellen Fuller (1)
Friday August 9, 2013, 8:58 am
If this is the same story as I have read elsewhere, the man did nothing to provoke the cat at all. Animals with rabies need no reason to attack anything, humans included. The disease makes them act abnormally Has nobody watched Old Yeller? Come on people, its not always they humans fault. Get off the one way track.

Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:21 am
Rabid animals need not be provoked to attack. They will attack any other animals, humans etc. So anyone in the path of this bobcat would have been a victim. I hope that the victim is ok as death is inevitable if left untreated. Rabies is very dangerous & any animal suspected to be rabid should under no circumstances be approached. This was a very unfortunate event.

Ruth McD (843)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:25 am
Noted. Thanks Cher.

Ana Lopes (92)
Monday October 21, 2013, 1:42 pm
Poor man, poor cat...

Tamara Gyselinck (7)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:24 am
poor cat - hope the cat has found rest and peace now - people should stay away from the natural habitat of wild animals

Caitlin M (9)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 7:41 am
I don't know if this story should be consistently posted like it has been (I see it often). While it is important for everyone to know the signs of rabies in animals so they can protect themselves and children and help the animal, this story and the story's title seems to play to the animal as the bad guy and scares people into thinking rabies is everywhere-that they should not go hiking, etc. Also, some people mistake natural behaviour for rabies (some animals who prefer nighttime hunting could be out in the day time just because they didn't catch anything the night before and are in need of food, or sometimes animals drunk on overly ripe fruits may be mistaken for rabies infected animals because they are stumbling/inebriated, etc.). People should realize that if they report an animal with rabies to the government, not only the animal reported by a sampling of some wildlife in the area (same species) is usually killed and its head chopped off to examine for rabies to halt the spread of the infection, etc. So, please be sure you are sure of the symptoms before reporting to authorities. Since the early stages are very subtle, only the last stages will make it very clear (very erratic/violent behaviour, foaming at the mouth, disorientation, and strong symptoms that cannot be attributed to ripe fruit trees in the area, etc.). If a human is bitten, as long as you make sure to go to the hospital as quickly as possible you will be fine-they have a shot for rabies, and if you work with rabies-vector species or work in the wildnerness often rabies vaccine shots are available-especially if you work in a location where you could not make it to the hospital quickly-which is important.

Caitlin M (9)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 7:42 am
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Caitlin M (9)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 7:46 am
For example, various red foxes are often out hunting in the day time in my neighbourhood and I've heard people remark that maybe they have rabies because they shouldn't be out in the daytime (what?!). This is perfectly normally for foxes, and it worries me that people will report them under the impression they have rabies, not realizing it is a potential death sentence.

Jordan G (37)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 4:25 pm
Link error.
Any update on the man?

Jordan G (37)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 5:23 pm
Still dead link ... but still front page news. No update?
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