June 24, 2013
Man Kills Rabid Bobcat with 4 Shots from 2 Guns
By Ben Romans
A Massachusetts man was attacked by an injured, rabid bobcat, and it took four shots from two different firearms to kill the animal.
In an interview with WHDH, Michael Vortuba of Holden, Mass., says he arrived home from work last week and saw something small scurry across his yard, and when he went to investigate, he realized it was an angry bobcat.
“The animal came out of the space between the carport and the house. At that point I heard it growling. I didn’t see quite what the animal was so I took a couple steps away from the truck and away from the carport and I saw that it was a bobcat. I also saw that it had porcupine quills in its face. I didn’t know what to think,” he said.
When the bobcat approached Votruba, he drew a pistol, but tripped walking backwards, giving the bobcat a chance to jump on his legs and chest. When he was able to right himself, Votruba shot the cat, but it didn’t die, so he ran to the house and got a .22 rifle and shot it three more times before it finally died.
Votruba escaped with some torn clothes only—he didn't end up with any scratches or wounds. The bobcat tested positive for rabies, according to WHDH.