New Hampshire woman takes on rabid bobcat.
80-year-old Elsie Dabrowski went about her night as she normally does. As stated by Valley News, she penned up her chicken and then went to weed her rose bush. The rabid bobcat then decided to attack, biting her cheek and causing deep lacerations on her arms and back.. The bobcat was later determined to be rabid.
Fortunately, her son lived on the same property, roughly 100 yards away. When he heard the dogs making a strange noise, he went to investigate with a shotgun. (I’m glad I’m not the only one who does that sort of investigation).
He found Elsie climbing back to her porch covered in blood. She had managed to fight of the bobcat with the sickle. The dogs came to her aid and forced the bobcat under the chicken coop. Her son Gene then shot it with his shotgun.
Elsie was driven to the hospital and treated for her wounds. She didn’t slow down even after receiving 50 to 60 stitches she was back out doing her morning chores.
The cat carcass was later picked up by state fish and game officials to test for rabies. It tested positive and was fairly obvious that the cat was not healthy as it had porcupine quills in its mouth. The dogs and Elsie received rabies shots after hearing the results.
According to Valley News, close contact with bobcats is becoming more common. In New Hampshire there are between 2,500 and 3,000 cats. That population is growing at a rate of 10% each year. The good news is that this is the first bobcat to be rabid in New Hampshire since 2013.