CRENSHAW CO., AL (WSFA) - A Crenshaw County woman is recovering from injuries she got after being attacked and bitten by a bobcat, says Sheriff Mickey Powell.
The woman, whose name was not released, was standing outside her home on Sweetwater Road, located between Highland Home and Luverne near Highway 331, when the wild animal jumped on her.
Sheriff Powell says the bobcat reportedly hissed at the victim before jumping onto her right side. The animal bit the woman in the right arm several times before her husband was able to force it off of her and shoot it.
The bobcat survived the initial shots, Sheriff Powell said, but attempted to attack again. That's when the man fatally shot it.
The carcass is now being tested for rabies.
A bobcat [Felis rufus] is a medium size cat that typically has a reddish brown to smoky gray color. The short-tailed cats are common in Alabama and the rest of the country. OutdoorAlabama.com says the cats can usually be found feeding along woodlines or fields in the early morning or late afternoon hours.