Man attacked by bobcat on CT golf course

Man attacked by bobcat on CT golf course

The golfer was transported to the hospital to be treated for lacerations.

The same bobcat is believed to have mauled a horse less than a mile away from the casino golf course earlier the same morning, slashing the animal's eye and neck, before running off.

"He was able to fight it off with a golf club", Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officer Chris Dwyer told CNN affiliate WFSB. The man and his friend chased off the bobcat by hitting it almost 12 times with golf clubs.

The golfer was transported to a local hospital with reported non-life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown.

A foursome at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague, Conn., encountered an unexpected hazard at a fairway bunker near hole No. 7 on Thursday morning: a rabid bobcat.

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He declined to identify the golfers and said they were shaken and "will be all right". "Today, close to 60 percent of CT is now covered in forest, and bobcats are regularly observed throughout the state".

However, if a bobcat becomes sick or rabid, it can become aggressive and attack humans. "Please make sure your domesticated animals are up-to-date on their rabies shots and if seen please call 911", police posted stated at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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

DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen confirmed the results of that test showed the bobcat carcass tested positive for rabies, saying the golfer and horse's owner have been notified.

In Connecticut, the last reported incident was in Bozrah, about 8 miles away from Baltic, in late August 2014.

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