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Bobcat attacks Douglas County deputy (Georgia)
Rome News Tribune ^ | 9-27-04 | na

Posted on 09/29/2004 9:36:37 AM PDT by flying Elvis

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Douglas County sheriff's deputy and a woman have been treated and released after being attacked by a bobcat.

Deputy Chris Ernst was called to the scene Tuesday after a woman reported being bitten by a large cat, said Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland.

``While he was at the residence, he was attacked by a 40-plus pound bobcat,'' Copeland said.

Before Ernst could draw his gun, the cat latched onto his leg, Copeland said.

Lt. Eddie Davis, who was there with Ernst, was then unable to shoot the bobcat without endangering Ernst. Instead, he used a knife to kill the animal, Copeland said.

Ernst and the woman who was bitten were both taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released, pending the results of rabies tests. The bobcat's carcass was turned over to Animal Control, Copeland said.

Although the large cats are common in the area, it is unusual for one to attack because they usually stay away from people, Copeland said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: animalrights; environment

1 posted on 09/29/2004 9:36:38 AM PDT by flying Elvis
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To: flying Elvis

You might be a redneck......


2 posted on 09/29/2004 9:37:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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To: cripplecreek

It's Karl Rove's fault.


3 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:18 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: flying Elvis
Bobcat attacks Douglas County deputy

That's it. He's done.

4 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:41 AM PDT by martin_fierro ('n'at.)
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To: flying Elvis

I thought those tractors had turned on us like SUV's have. Glad it was a real cat.


5 posted on 09/29/2004 9:39:47 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: flying Elvis
Lt. Eddie Davis, who was there with Ernst, was then unable to shoot the bobcat without endangering Ernst. Instead, he used a knife to kill the animal, Copeland said.

I like this guy. He comes prepared.

6 posted on 09/29/2004 9:40:34 AM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: flying Elvis

They had the woman's son on a local radio station yesterday. He gave a really detailed account of what happened. I'll be really surprised if the animal wasn't rabid.


7 posted on 09/29/2004 9:40:44 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (hoplophobia is a mental aberration rather than a mere attitude)
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To: martin_fierro

You
Beat
Me!


8 posted on 09/29/2004 9:41:36 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: flying Elvis

40 pounds ?? A big bobcat is 25 pounds, I never heard of a 40 pounder. Oh, well, I guess there are lots of things I never heard of.


9 posted on 09/29/2004 9:44:04 AM PDT by weezel
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To: FreedomPoster
I agree with you.

Rabies is way too common and spreading in many areas.

10 posted on 09/29/2004 9:44:43 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: FreedomPoster

I agree with you. I would think that a normal bobcat would have run. They need to start rabies treatments immediately!


11 posted on 09/29/2004 9:46:47 AM PDT by twigs
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To: flying Elvis

Killing with a knife the Bobcat attached to his leg makes him a badass in my book. I've seen Bobcats up close. I would never want those claws latched into my leg, or those teeth that close to my ... area. They might have been exaggerating the 40-pound thing though. Big Bobcats are in the high 20#/low 30# range.


12 posted on 09/29/2004 9:47:21 AM PDT by spodefly (A bunny-slippered operative in the Vast Right-Wing Pajama Party.)
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To: spodefly
Killing with a knife the Bobcat attached to his leg makes him a badass in my book.

Amen to that.

I've seen Bobcats up close.

Now where have I heard a line like that before?


14 posted on 09/29/2004 9:54:58 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: martin_fierro

Did Goldwaithe lose all that weight on purpose or has he an illness?


15 posted on 09/29/2004 9:55:38 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: flying Elvis
Instead, he used a knife to kill the animal, Copeland said.

MacGyver lives in all of us.

16 posted on 09/29/2004 9:56:45 AM PDT by Hacksaw (You can judge a man by the members of his bump list.)
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To: flying Elvis

Rabies.


17 posted on 09/29/2004 9:57:20 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: spodefly; FreedomPoster
Killing with a knife the Bobcat attached to his leg makes him a badass in my book. I've seen Bobcats up close. I would never want those claws latched into my leg, or those teeth that close to my ... area. They might have been exaggerating the 40-pound thing though. Big Bobcats are in the high 20#/low 30# range.

I know Lt. Davis, and I don't use the term "badass" often, but he is one.

18 posted on 09/29/2004 9:58:28 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.)
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To: Free Trapper

Its pretty common in Washington D.C. - in Congress. But they only bite our paychecks.


19 posted on 09/29/2004 9:58:28 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

I bet on rabies too.


20 posted on 09/29/2004 10:00:08 AM PDT by najida (Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I am.)
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To: flying Elvis
Is this kinda like one of those nasty ol' SUV alerts?


21 posted on 09/29/2004 10:02:38 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: flying Elvis

See previous story about kid being suspended for having a penknife and a steak knife in the glove compartment of his car on the school grounds. He better never meet up with a bobcat????


22 posted on 09/29/2004 10:03:03 AM PDT by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: spodefly
From another article on this story...

"Lucky that Lt. Davis is just a big ol' country boy," said Copeland. "He had some quick thinking. He was unable to shoot the cat because it was latched onto Deputy Ernst, so he used his knife and actually cut the cat's throat to get him off of the deputy."

They showed video of the cat on the noon channel 2 news. It was a big'un.

23 posted on 09/29/2004 10:04:38 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.)
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To: Hatteras

on our family farm we had a couple of cats that were assumed to be half bobcat, those guys were big mean and tough! they took over the doghouse and the poor dog was scared of them


24 posted on 09/29/2004 10:07:30 AM PDT by Docbarleypop (Navy Doc)
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To: mhking

Lookout neighbor!


25 posted on 09/29/2004 10:09:27 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen; spodefly

I should have thought of you when I saw this thread, and should have known you'd likely know the players, given the locale. spodefly, vigilantcitizen is local, and I'll take his assessment in a heartbeat.


26 posted on 09/29/2004 10:17:00 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (hoplophobia is a mental aberration rather than a mere attitude)
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To: NOTTAHERO
Yeah,a 40 pounder would be "extra" good sized.

I read an article a while back that reported a Canadian Lynx caught in an Eastern State where it didn't really belong,one of the Carolinas,IIRC.

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With fur bearer populations so high,I'm seeing more bobcats in strange places you wouldn't expect and that don't have their normal timidity of people.

Also,I've seen more rabies in the last several years than I once thought I'd see in my life and know one person that had to take the shots after being attacked by a rabid domestic cat.

27 posted on 09/29/2004 10:23:09 AM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: NOTTAHERO; Free Trapper
If it did weigh 40 pounds, it may have been someones pet which escaped or was released. It was either rabid or a former captive animal which lost it's fear of humans as bobcats are normally very elusive and seldom seen.

I've lived here in Douglas county most of my life.

In the last ten or so years, there's been a large increase in the number of big cat sightings here in the county and statewide. Not only bobcats, but cougars too. Georgia DNR is in a total denial act over this issue.

Back in 1997, I was driving home from work at 1 am and I saw a cougar. I went back to the same location the next morning and found it's prints which were WAY bigger than my 100 pound lab's.

I called Georgia DNR and here's how the conversation went:

Me: I saw a cougar.

DNR: There are no cougars in Georgia.

Me: No, for real. I know what I saw. There's alot of dairy farms and hunters in that area, and this cat is big enough to be a problem.

DNR: There are no cougars in Georgia.

Me: Look man....It left tracks on the side of the road. I'll meet you there. It's not 30 minutes from your station at Sweetwater park.

DNR: There are no cougars in Georgia.

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I've heard exactly the same story from other people that's seen big cats. I don't understand it.

28 posted on 09/29/2004 11:26:53 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.)
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To: flying Elvis
40 pounds?



We have a female hanging around for about the past five years. The high end weight estimate would be 20lbs. I have never heard of a bobcat that size.
29 posted on 09/29/2004 11:41:08 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberalism is a Hate Crime-Liberate America from the occupation media!)
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To: Vigilantcitizen
Good for Lt. Davis, he certainly took some risks in putting his hands in there to kill the cat. My dog cornered a raccoon over the weekend. During the standoff I put on jeans, boots, gloves, and grabbed a shovel (didn't grab the shotgun since there were no indications it was rabid). It did end in an all out fight, and I got into the action with the shovel to separate them. The dog and I did some major damage before the coon was able to break loose and scamper up a tree. Pretty damn scary, especially at 5:00 in the morning.
30 posted on 09/29/2004 11:54:15 AM PDT by ironman
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To: ironman
Sometimes you can't tell if an animal is rabid without testing.

I've run into several critters that had rabies but only one,a big dog,was actually foaming at the mouth like you hear about and he wasn't doing it when I first came in contact with him.

He acted like he wanted attention or help at first,then changed into the spookiest critter I've ever seen,"very" threatening.

He began foaming(big time)just before he made his first threatening moves and kept it up even through the times when he seemed to be wanting help.

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Coons are one of the worst critters for carrying rabies and even a healthy one can really eat your lunch if he's mad.Be carefull around them and remove them from around your place if you can.

31 posted on 09/29/2004 12:34:02 PM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: Free Trapper
Fortunately my dog's up on his shots. I took him into the vet for a booster anyway. He barely had any scratches at all on him which surprised me. I did read up about how rabies can be transmitted to humans, for example, transfer from fur of dog into open wound or into your eyes. Scary stuff. If I see that critter again it's a gonner. There are indeed cases of rabid animals in my area.
32 posted on 09/29/2004 12:45:32 PM PDT by ironman
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To: ironman
I've had a lot of experience with coons and even if I was an "ironman",I wouldn't get into it with one with a shovel unless it was all I had. ;)

You might try a live trap.Once coons start coming around they don't scare off very easily but are reasonably simple to catch when they've gotten used to raiding settled areas.

If you do catch them live,I would suggest not releasing them elsewhere because of the chance of spreading disease to another area.

33 posted on 09/29/2004 1:35:14 PM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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To: ironman
Havahart live traps are nice but kind of high dollar and if you don't use them a lot,home made traps take time to build and can be a pain.

For a cheap,simple live trap,a barrel or tall trashcan rigged with a board to tip the critter into it when he tries to get the bait works well for 'coons and 'possums.

Remember to stabilize it so it can't turn over.

34 posted on 09/29/2004 1:51:42 PM PDT by Free Trapper (Terrorism is the Black Heart of Islam,not the fringe!)
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