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Bobcat that attacked 2 people had rabies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials say a bobcat
that attacked two people in Citrus County over the weekend was
rabid.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports
that the bobcat first attacked 10-year-old Johnathon Knecht.

The boy was hiking Saturday in the Withlacoochee State Forest with his
Boy Scout troupe when the bobcat jumped on his back.

The animal ran back into the woods when the other scouts came to
Knecht's aid.

It then ran onto 71-year-old Frank Womack's property and bit the
man on the leg. Wildlife officials said Tuesday that Womack killed
the bobcat in self defense.

Both Knecth and Womack were treated at a hospital for scratches
and bites.


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