COLCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says three women have been taken to a medical facility for treatment after an animal attack Tuesday.
According to DEEP, a bobcat jumped on one of the women in a greenhouse on Waterhole Road. We’re told the greenhouse is on the property of The Caring Community, a social service provider of residential and day programs.
Officials say the women were injured by the bobcat while they were in the greenhouse for a program that was taking place there. They say when the bobcat jumped on one woman, the other two were scratched while trying to help her.
All three of the women were taken to the Marlborough Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Local law enforcement authorities and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police responded to the scene shortly before noon. They were able to shoot and kill the bobcat. According to DEEP, the bobcat was taken to the state department of health lab to test it for rabies.
DEEP Wildlife Authorities say it is rare for bobcats to attack humans, but usually rabies is the cause if they do.
People who live and work in the area say wildlife sightings are common but today’s attack has them being extra vigilant.
“I have a dog and I worry about taking her out at night, especially after dark. But, she’s really in tune to what’s going on so I kind of tend to rely on her to let me know what’s happening,” said Denise Roberts, a nearby resident.
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While it’s uncommon for a bobcat to attack people, their numbers are on the rise. They may not come out of the woods and attack you, but officials say they do come out of the woods and skirt around the parameters of properties.
Dennis Schain with DEEP says a lot of people have pictures of the animals and they need to be treated with respect.
“We see deer, bobcats, all kinds of wildlife really. it’s part of the neighborhood,” said Jim Klemyk, who walks by the Caring Community everyday. “Just keep my eyes open. Just keep walking. I mean, it’s unusual for an animal to attack a person. Probably they’re sick.”
Officials say they should have results by Wednesday or Thursday.