Bobcat that attacked golfer, horse was rabid

April 19, 2019 GMT

The bobcat that injured a golfer at the Mohegan Sun golf course Thursday morning earlier attacked a horse, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

The bobcat that was “humanely euthanized,” later tested postive for rabies.

“At approximately Thursday, a bobcat reportedly attacked a horse in Baltic. Subsequently, at about 8:30 a.m. a bobcat attacked a golfer at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Baltic,” said DEEP’s Rosalynn Grzywinski.

“Another member of the golfer’s team was able to drive the bobcat off,” Grzywinski said.

The golfer was transported to Backus Hospital for treatment of lacerations.

“The horse received lacerations to the neck and eye and is currently being treated by a veterinarian for its injuries,” DEEP said.

Loree Osowski, of Baltic, told NBC Connecticut, said she ran, got a shovel and threw it at the bobcat, scaring it away. The bobcat was hissing and growling and ran under the horse trailer and Osowski called 911.

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police were called to the scene.

They successfully tracked and humanely euthanized the animal nearby. The bobcat was transported to UConn Medical Lab for testing. Tests confirmed late Thursday afternoon the bobcat was rabid.

“DEEP believes this bobcat is the one involved in both attacks,” Grzywinski said.

Bobcats are shy secretive animals; attacks on humans are extremely rare. The last reported incident was in Bozrah in late August 2014. That animal was also found to test positive for rabies.

Based on observation reports submitted to DEEP’s Wildlife Division by the public and others, bobcat numbers appear to have increased in Connecticut in recent years. Sighting and vehicle-kill reports indicate that bobcats now reside in all eight Connecticut counties. The heaviest concentrations occur in the northwestern corner of the state.

Infrequently, they kill livestock, especially fowl, and attack domestic cats. Conflicts are addressed on an individual basis and can often be remedied by preventive methods, such as fencing for livestock.