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Bobcat (Lynx rufus), taken at Sunol Park near Livermore CA, USA
Cindy Bowman didn't know what hit her.
She was letting her dog into her county Route 2 home around noon Thursday when a large animal pounced on her, latching onto her face and biting and scratching her.
She was able to fight it off by choking it, but not before it bit and/or scratched her head, shoulder, arms and thigh.
"I turned around and it was leaping right for my neck," Bowman recalled. "It went for my throat."
Bowman was mauled by a large bobcat, a cat that minutes later went after her daughter's boyfriend, Nate Nadeau, and tried to attack him as well.
Nadeau shot and killed it, but state tests later found the cat had rabies, so both Bowman and Nadeau - who was not hurt but did have contact with the cat - had to get two weeks of rabies shots.
The incident has left Bowman shaken and afraid to go out of her house, and concerned that rabies is going to affect other bobcats in the area and make them aggressive as well.
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Cindy Bowman's arm after a bobcat attacked her