Emaciated bobcat attacks woman

October 6, 2014

bobcatAn emaciated bobcat that attacked a woman Thursday at a Solvang resort was euthanized. [LATimes]

The bobcat came up behind the 65-year-old victim, an employee at the resort, and bit down on her head. When the woman tried to brush the bobcat away, it bit into her hand.

The woman was not seriously injured in the attack.

Nevertheless, deputies notified California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers who found the bobcat nearby and euthanized it at the scene. Authorities plan to have the animal tested for rabies.

Authorities said the cat appeared gaunt and unhealthy.

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The head commissioner of the Calfornia Fish and Game Commission, (Michael Sutton) is on the board of the Audubon Society. It is a conflict of interest and he should be fired for it immediately, but he sits there…still using his position at the DFW commission to achieve political gain for a special interest group. Makes me sick to my stomach to think that we are paying for it…

If some of you folks cared as much about the homeless population as you did about animals we could take you more seriously…

This article does not mention that the animal had mange, which with the description of gaunt and unhealthy points to secondary poisoning by rodenticides. It takes heavy doses of vitamin K to counteract the toxic effects of anti-coagulants. Top predators are suffering from drought related crash in rodent populations. The few rodent populations that are doing well are near human habitation where water and food are available. Then humans justifiably not wanting rodents in their homes are using the rodenticides available at the local store, not realizing how dangerous these are for wildlife and their pets. The secondary poisoning of cats, dogs, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, and even bears is at epidemic proportions in California.

I feel for the woman who was attacked and also for the bobcat. The lack of government funded wildlife rehabilitation facilities (thank goodness for the private facilities run by people with huge hearts and generally small pocketbooks), makes treating all of the animals impractical. The best thing is to restrict and even abolish the use of rodenticides and start being smarter about how to reinforce buildings to keep rodents out, so that the cycle of life can continue without harming humans or wildlife.

Killing a wild animal should never be the first option. The Fish & Game, Parks & Rec and/or Police Dept should have stun guns available at all times to capture and protect wild animals. Then the animals can be taken to a shelter for care and/or released into the wild. It’s a simple process.