PUTNAM STATION, N.Y. – Three people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies after a woman was attacked by an infected bobcat.
Cindy Bowman, 49, was attacked December 5 at the door of her Adirondack home. She was letting her dog back inside when the bobcat appeared.
Bowman said she is now terrified to step outside her home after the animal attacked her face, head, shoulder, arms, and thigh.
"It was so fast; I grabbed it by the throat," she said. "The cat had me by the head, by the shoulder, and arm. I was just choking it until it would let go of my body."
The puncture wounds are still visible on Bowman's arm, and she said the bobcat left wounds on her head.
Bowman was rushed to the hospital after she escaped the bobcat. At the same time, her daughter's boyfriend, Nate Nadeau, was on his way to the home with a gun.
"He didn't get scratched. He shot it first," Bowman explained.
The bobcat was shot and killed. It later tested positive for rabies.
The health department in Washington County said an attack of this nature by a bobcat is a rare occurrence. An attack hasn't happened in the last 25 years.
Bowman is undergoing shots for her rabies, but she's afraid another bobcat may be lurking in the area. She is so frightened, that she is considering moving away from the rural area which would mean moving out of the house where she was raised.
Nadaeu and a third person who had direct contact with the bobcat are also undergoing a series of shots for the disease.
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