January 23, 2009
Martin County, Florida Ė Two men fought and killed an
attacking 30-pound bobcat in self defense in Martin County
According to reports from Okeechobee County Animal Control, Romeo
Gomez and another man were working on a fence on private property
in Indiantown when they spotted the bobcat moving along the fence
line. As it came closer, Gomez moved his arms to shoo it away. The
bobcat jumped on the man and began attacking him. The other man
grabbed a hammer and was able to kill the bobcat.
Gomez was scratched and bitten. He was treated at Raulerson
Hospital in Okeechobee County and released.
Officials will test the cat for rabies.
Bobcat attacks on humans are uncommon. If a bobcat does attack a
human, in most cases, the cat is sick with distemper or rabies.
People can take precautions to limit the impacts of wildlife/human
encounters. The FWC reminds residents not to let wild animals
become comfortable in residential settings as sometimes happens
when people leave any type of food source outside. Residents
should maintain the condition of their homes so animals canít get
inside attics, eaves or garages.