Bobcat tests positive for rabies after attacks

LEBANON, Conn. (AP) — State officials say a bobcat suspected of attacking people in Bozrah and Lebanon over the holiday weekend has tested positive for rabies.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says test results came back positive Tuesday. Officials say the case is unusual because bobcats rarely have contact with people and rarely contract rabies.

Officials say a woman in Bozrah was attacked by a bobcat Saturday, and her husband and sons struck the animal until it ran away. The woman was treated at a hospital for bites, scratches and possible rabies exposure.

A couple in neighboring Lebanon say they fended off a bobcat Sunday while walking with their baby. They weren't injured.

DEEP police caught and euthanized the bobcat Sunday before taking it to a state lab for testing.

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