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Vt. woman almost cages fierce feline

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A Greensboro, Vt., women wanting to get a cat out of the cold said she got much more than she bargained for.

Nancy Hill thought the cat needed help.

"It was below zero and I thought the poor cat needs to get in and thaw in warmth," said Hill.

Looking out her Greensboro window on Town Meeting Day, Hill said she saw the animal sitting under her bird feeder and sprang into action.

"I used to have a cat and I had a cat carrier," said Hill.

She grabbed the carrier, dashed out the door, fast approaching the feline and finding something wasn't right.

"There was quite a bit of blood and some fur," she said.

And as Hill got close, she quickly learned the cat was no kitty.

"Well once it got up, it went so fast, it was scary," said Hill.

Hill almost caged herself a bobcat.

She did eventually capture it... on camera that is. She snapped photos once the shock wore off and before the animal could take off.

Vermont's bobcat expert says encounters like Hill's are becoming more common; bobcat sightings are up in the state. One reason is because of the harsh winter, forcing the animals closer to people to find food.

"When there's deep snow for prolonged periods of time our bobcats tend to have a tougher time," said Kim Royer, the deputy commissioner at Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

WCAX News viewers from Island Pond to Cornwall have all sent in their sightings of bobcats, which can weigh up to 40 pounds.

Royer warns to admire from afar.

"If you see one, be excited, appreciate the fact that we live in this great state where bobcats still do very well, and leave 'em alone," said Royer.

Advice Hill says she'll heed.

"It wouldn't have fit in my little cat carrier," said Hill.

Should the bobcat return, there will be no chance of an invitation inside next time.

Wildlife officials say cases of rabid bobcats are rare, but they do happen. Some years ago, WCAX News talked to a Vermont man who battled a rabid bobcat that tried to attack his family. Click here for that story.

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