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Bobcat That Attacked Golfer And Horse In Connecticut Had Rabies

April 19, 2019 - 9:47 am

SPRAGUE, Conn. (AP) -- A bobcat that attacked a golfer in Connecticut shortly after scratching a horse has tested positive for rabies.

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague on Thursday morning. Another golfer was able to drive the bobcat off.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in a statement said the wildcat was taken for testing at the UConn Medical Lab, which confirmed rabies.

The golfer and the horse owner have been notified.

The golfer, a man in his 60s whose name was not made public, was treated at a hospital for scratches.

The horse is being treated by veterinarians for lacerations to the neck and eye.

Bobcats are common in Connecticut, but attacks on humans are unusual. The last report of a bobcat attack on a human in the state was in Bozrah in August 2014.