PUTNAM STATION, N.Y. – Two people in Washington County are being treated for exposure to rabies, after authorities say an infected bobcat attacked a woman.
Cindy Bowman, 49, was attached at the door of her Adirondack home last Thursday. She was letting her dog back into her home when the bobcat appeared.
Bowman said that after the animal attached her face, head, shoulder, arms, and thigh, she is terrified to step outside of her home.
“It was so fast; I grabbed it by the throat. The cat had me by the head, by the shoulder, and arm. I was just choking it until it would let go of my body.”
The puncture wounds are still visible on Bowman's arm, and she says the bobcat left wounds on her head.
Once Bowman escaped the bobcat, she was rushed to the hospital. At the same time, her daughter’s boyfriend, Nate Nadeau, was on his way to the home with a gun.
“He didn’t get scratched, he shot it first,” Bowman explained.
The bobcat was shot and killed. However, it later tested positive for rabies.
The health department in Washington County said an attack of this nature by a bobcat is a rare occurrence, one they haven't heard of in the last 25 years.
Bowman is undergoing shots for her rabies but she's afraid another bobcat may be lurking in the area. She is so frightened, that she is considering moving away from the rural area, which means moving out of the house she grew up in.
Nadaeu is also undergoing a series of shots for the disease.