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'If he can shoot it he will': 911 call describes Pender woman attacked by a rabid bobcat

'If he can shoot it he will': 911 call describes Pender woman attacked by a rabid bobcat

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A 911 call released Friday gives a frightening account of a Pender County woman attacked in her neighborhood by a bobcat later found to be positive for rabies.

The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. April 9 in Burgaw, about 26 miles north of Wilmington, according to a news release from the Pender County Sheriff's Office.

A neighbor who called 911 described the animal and said if her neighbor's husband "can shoot it he will."

Moments later a gunshot goes out, and the neighbor says the bobcat has been shot but is still alive. Around the same time, the neighbor tells the dispatcher the woman had been attacked.

The bobcat was later euthanized by law enforcement. Animal control officers conducted an investigation and followed up with residents in the affected and surrounding neighborhoods.

It was submitted for testing at the N.C. State Laboratory. On Friday, results showed the bobcat was positive for rabies.

While it's unknown if anyone was bitten, those who came in contact with the bobcat were treated at a local medical facility.

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