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Woman strangles bobcat to death in front yard in Georgia

Melissa Porter | 18 June, 2018, 21:50

A Georgia grandmother has told of surviving a 'surprise' bobcat attack while working in the front yard of her home in rural Hart County, an hour north of Athens.

The incident happened June 7 around 6:15 pm on Liberty Church Road, when Hart County deputies responded to reports of a woman calling for help.

Phillips said the almost 40-pound bobcat then landed on her chest and charged at her face. I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. "As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it", said Phillips,".it leaped on me.

Phillips says she grew up in the country, where her father-in-law was once a trapper of bobcats. When she returned outside to take a picture, she encountered the animal. She added that the moment she saw the creature, the first thing that popped into her mind was "not today! I wasn't dying today", said Dede Phillips. She was attacked in her driveway as her 5-year-old granddaughter slept inside.

"Between the teeth and claws tearing at me, as you can see, every bit of it as it could", Phillips said. And what did the bumper sticker say?

Phillips has now begun getting rabies shots, according to the paper. "I started praying, don't let her come to the door", Phillips said. Also not clear is what would have led to the animal coming onto Phillips home and whether it may have been drawn there from the evisceration of its natural habitat at the hands of humans....

'It never budged, so I knew it was completely dead, ' she said.

Wildlife authorities arrived at her house and informed her that the dead bobcat was rabid.