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Connecticut man recalls golf course attack by rabid bobcat

April 24, 2019
In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 photo, sitting inside Muddy Waters Café in New London, Conn, Mike Popkowski recounts being attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing last week. (Erica Moser/The Day via AP)
In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 photo, sitting inside Muddy Waters Café in New London, Conn, Mike Popkowski recounts being attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing last week. (Erica Moser/The Day via AP)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing doesn’t remember much about the incident but says he can still see “this miserable animal coming at me.”

Mike Popkowski, of New London, tells The Day he was on the seventh hole of the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Sprague on April 18 when one of the others in his foursome yelled to him to watch out.

He says he remembers a guttural growl and a faint skunk-like smell. The 70-year-old Popkowski later learned the bobcat jumped on his back, bit his left arm and shoulder while clawing his head.

He was treated at a hospital for puncture wounds, a nearly severed earlobe, and lacerations on his scalp, which required 10 staples. He’s also undergoing a series of rabies shots.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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