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Couple Injured In Possible Bobcat Attack In South Florida

Oct 6, 2019
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Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission

An animal believed to be a bobcat dropped down from a tree and attacked a couple out on their typical early morning walk Friday in a dense, urban part of South Florida, authorities said.

A Florida panther.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Some of Florida's big cats are walking strangely and state wildlife officials need your help to figure out why. 

A rabies alert has been issued for Venice and North Port by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County after the discovery of a rabid bobcat.

Dennis Garofalo

UPDATED Sun 6/10 4:30 pm with more info from Speer
 

In addition to the ducks, squirrels and Bulls that populate USF's Tampa campus, there's another species roaming the grounds, as at least one bobcat has been caught on camera.

Aramark/USF Dining Services Production Manager Dennis Garofalo took pictures of a bobcat eating a duck near the Argos Center around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Garofalo says the bobcat, which he and employees have taken to calling the "Fresh Food Company Cat" after the division they work in, has been seen lurking in the area for the last month or so.