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Bobcat That Attacked Golfer, Horse, Had Rabies

April 19, 2019 - 8:51 am

SPRAGUE, Conn. (AP) — A bobcat that attacked a golfer in Connecticut shortly after scratching a horse has tested positive for rabies.

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague on Thursday morning.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in a statement said the wildcat was taken for testing at the UConn Medical Lab, which confirmed rabies.

The golfer and the horse owner have been notified.

The golfer, a man in his 60s whose name was not made public, was treated at a hospital for scratches.

Bobcats are common in Connecticut, but attacks on humans are unusual. The last report of a bobcat attack on a human in the state was in Bozrah in August 2014.