Bobcat attacks and injures 2 in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- A man, woman and teenager were forced to fight a bobcat when the wild animal attacked them on Sunday.
A bobcat sighting is not that unusual for the area, but an attack is extremely rare.
Roger Mundell has the battle marks to prove he went face-to-face with an unlikely intruder. It’s a story that has left a Brookfield family with a few scars.
“It only took a split second for him to be on me. I didn't have time to process it,’ said Mundell.
When a bobcat found its way into the garage, it would stop at nothing to get out. First, the animal attacked Mundell.
“It hit me with it’s face right here. Then it gave me a bear hug,” said Mundell.
Then, it turned on his 15-year-old nephew.
“I had to get it off my nephew. I was in a t-shirt by then and that's when it ripped up my arms and stuff like that,” said Mundell.
“Just jumped on him, you know. Claws on him. Was just trying to get him,” said Jim Mortenson.
Mortenson was in the driveway. He uses a wheel chair and he said he couldn't help when he saw the animal then turn on Mundell for a second time.
“The second time he didn't have a coat on. That's when it ripped into his arm,” said Mortenson.
Mundell and his wife used a crutch to hit the bobcat before he shot and killed it, putting an end to the unnerving attack.
“It’s hard to believe,” said Mundell.
Mundell and his nephew were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The animal was taken to a veterinary hospital where they will test it for rabies.