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Bobcat killed in Brunswick Co. tests positive for rabies

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Health Department says a bobcat tested positive for rabies. It’s the fourth case of rabies in the county this year.

Friday, a man saw the bobcat chasing his dog on Long Beach Road on Oak Island. The bobcat took one swipe at the dog and then ran into the woods. The dog laid down. The man knew about rabies and did not handle the dog right away. Instead he waited for any saliva to dry. The Health Department says the dog was current on its rabies shots, so it only needed a booster shot. The man did not come in contact with the bobcat.

Meanwhile, about one hour later, the bobcat charged a second man in his yard and tried to attack him. The second man grabbed a tire iron, threw it at the animal, and killed it.

Oak Island Animal Services conducted an investigation and delivered the bobcat to the Brunswick County Animal Protective Services. Brunswick County Animal Protective Services sent the bobcat to the State lab for testing. The results came back positive Tuesday. A Public Health Nurse went to the second man’s house and determined he had not been in contact with the animal.

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