Bobcat bursts into Windsor home, attacks resident

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:52 PM EDT
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WINDSOR, Vt. (WCAX) - A bizarre incident played out in Windsor Friday morning. A bobcat was trapped in a home after attacking one of the residents.

“We received a report from a resident that they had what they believed was a bobcat trapped inside of a bathroom,” said Windsor Police Chief Jennifer Frank.

It’s a picture you don’t see every day. A wild bobcat lying on a bathroom floor. Officials say the animal burst into a Central Street home through an open door Friday morning.

“It was a very lean bobcat and we believe that it did chase a cat into the residence and that is when it came in contract with the individuals who lived there,” Frank said.

Police say an elderly man in the house was bitten and or scratched by the animal before he was able to trap it in the bathroom. The resident, who has not been identified, was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene and the bobcat was euthanized.

“This is a very rare and unusual circumstance. In fact, I’ve never seen this happen before in my career, where it gained entry into someone’s home and then made contact with a person. This just happened to be an unusual set of circumstances. There were also people working next door cutting down some trees and that may have had an impact as well on its habitat,” Frank said.

The animal will be tested for rabies and other pathogens. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is leading that investigation.

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