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Bobcat that attacked Massachusetts family was rabid, officials say
USNews/NBC.com ^ | 1/9/2013 | Daniel Arkin

Posted on 01/09/2013 7:56:15 PM PST by South40

The wild bobcat that attacked two people in Brookfield, Mass., leaving a man with severe gashes on his face and arms, had rabies, according to a town official.

Stephen J. Comtois, chairman of the town council, announced at a council meeting Tuesday evening that the bobcat was infected with the neurological disease, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. Comtois said the victims of the attack were being treated with vaccination shots.

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Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife ran inside to retrieve a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, and Mundell shot the animal, Blancherd said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bobcat; rabies; rapid
They managed to pin a rabid bobcat to the ground?! Wow.
1 posted on 01/09/2013 7:56:19 PM PST by South40
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To: South40

Yikes!!!!


2 posted on 01/09/2013 7:58:11 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: South40

An AR-15 or Mini-14 firing 223 ammo from an extended magazine would have probably saved them from those painful and extended anti-rabies treatment.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 7:58:46 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: South40

Oh man, they should have called the cops.


4 posted on 01/09/2013 8:00:13 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: South40

Expect an executive order in the morning banning bobcats.

And rabies.


5 posted on 01/09/2013 8:04:33 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: South40

So it is a Kennedy.


6 posted on 01/09/2013 8:05:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: andyk
Oh man, they should have called the cops.

I'm sure that's what DiFi would have done.

7 posted on 01/09/2013 8:06:57 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: South40

Good thing it wasnt a ‘gun-free’ zone!


8 posted on 01/09/2013 8:13:06 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: South40; Slings and Arrows



Rabid?

(Just hasn't been himself since he lost "Wing" and "Ding.")

9 posted on 01/09/2013 8:29:48 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Mr. K

So the next thing I expect to read about is how the wife is going to be prosecuted for having an unregistered handgun.


10 posted on 01/09/2013 8:30:39 PM PST by technically right
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To: South40
They managed to pin a rabid bobcat to the ground?! Wow.

It's amazing what Americans can do.

Sorry the guy has to get the shots. But he'll have great scars and a story for the grandkids.

"We beat that sumbitch with yer granny's crutch and held it down until granny could fetch the pistol"

Oh yeah. He keeps his man card and gets a 'story' punch on his ticket.

/johnny

11 posted on 01/09/2013 8:30:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: South40
Wow!
Normally the only way you could get attacked by a Bobcat is if you were fast enough to run and catch it.

We caught one in our big humane trap last year...it was WILD! I suspect it was what had been pilfering chickens.

BTW.. look at the interesting Bobcat image my friend caught with his game camera.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 8:32:18 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: South40

I have to say that of all the wild animals I’ve ever encountered, bobcats make me the most uneasy. They just aren’t afraid of people.


13 posted on 01/09/2013 8:34:38 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Marcella
For your edification. I wouldn't mind having this guy for a neighbor.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/09/2013 8:36:48 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I worry more about ferals at the mall.

/johnny

15 posted on 01/09/2013 8:39:19 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Bobalu

Great pic. Living at the end of a dirt road in the back country of East San Diego County for the last 30 years I have a few bobcat stories of my own. But after reading this story I’ll save them for another day as they just don’t seem to compare.


16 posted on 01/09/2013 8:48:12 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: carriage_hill; DaveLoneRanger

Armed citizen ping!

I needed to shoot a rabid ‘coon last June.


17 posted on 01/09/2013 8:49:20 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: South40; kanawa
They cheated, they shot him.

A real man woulda used a knife...

18 posted on 01/09/2013 8:49:29 PM PST by null and void (Avg # victims per incident, if shooter stopped by armed civilian: 3, if stopped by a policeman: 14)
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To: Bobalu

Is that a rat? The look on its face is priceless!


19 posted on 01/09/2013 9:02:52 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: South40

Mr. Evel Handgun to the rescue!


20 posted on 01/09/2013 9:08:23 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
And rather final.

/johnny

21 posted on 01/09/2013 9:13:07 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: null and void
I read that thread. You weren't very nice. "You've never been married, have you?" indeed.

I laughed out loud when I first read it, and again tonight.

/johnny

22 posted on 01/09/2013 9:14:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The shots aren’t so bad. EXCEPT that before the rabies shots begin you have to get this other stuff - I forget what it’s called now, “globulin” something or other, but the number of hypos depends on your weight. I had to have five I think - kinda BIG shots. The actual rabies vaccine injections aren’t bad, they are normal sized and just go in your shoulder.

You get them in a series. I was expecting problems with side effects ( I always have such problems), but I only experienced some sleepiness an hour or so after the injection. That was it.

I think these people already went through the worst part of it in tangling with that bobcat. Amazing story.


23 posted on 01/09/2013 9:20:13 PM PST by Ladysforest
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To: Ladysforest
The most recent Rabies vaccinations are not as painful as the old Duck egg vaccine series. I have had both post exposure treatments and the new ones are nowhere near as painful as the old treatments. The last time I was titred, it titrated out as far as they could take it. The DEE vaccine would produce significant immune response.
24 posted on 01/09/2013 9:28:53 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Ladysforest
I just said that to be nice. He's a guy. He needs to suck it up and take the shots would be my real reaction. ;)

/johnny

25 posted on 01/09/2013 9:28:56 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ElkGroveDan

little tigers.


26 posted on 01/09/2013 10:12:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: South40
his wife ran inside to retrieve a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, and Mundell shot the animal

They stalked and murdered an unarmed Bobcat? Maybe it was just looking for some Skittles.

27 posted on 01/09/2013 10:26:01 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

It is some sort of a rat.

It may have escaped, when the LED flash fired I suspect the cat dropped the rat..the sudden flash of light would have been startling.


28 posted on 01/09/2013 10:40:16 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Cementjungle
They stalked and murdered an unarmed Bobcat?

"Like a rabid dog in the street."

29 posted on 01/09/2013 11:50:11 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

wow


30 posted on 01/09/2013 11:54:27 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

The animal attacked him and his nephew while they working on a project outdoors, in his driveway. Where they live, there is rarely any need for a firearm for self protection. Occasionally, but rarely.

I live a few miles northeast of them. I have seen at least one bobcat in Concord, MA (maybe a mile north of the Old North Bridge), which is a few miles east of me. When I take my grandson sledding in a remote area, I worry just a little bit about bobcats. More nowadays.


31 posted on 01/10/2013 2:55:22 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Obama: Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number 16 trillion.)
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To: lightman

Did you use a 12ga? Makes a mess but does the job. I shot one foamy coon and a rabid possum with the .50cal Beowulf w/ 335gr loads, and didn’t find half of either animal. Buzzards took care of the rest of it.


32 posted on 01/10/2013 9:53:06 AM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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