REMER (AP) -- A Cass County woman says she was attacked and bitten by a wild bobcat as she walked across her yard, reading her satellite TV guide.
Diana Marks, who lives on Big Thunder Lake, said she apparently startled the bobcat as it was attacking a stray house cat on her lawn the afternoon of July 14.
"I yelled at the cats, and that's when I noticed one was very, very large and had its ears laid back," Marks said. "It flew at me from 10 feet away and got my arm."
Marks, 49, suffered puncture wounds and claw marks on her left hand and arm and was being treated for rabies as a precaution. It was not known whether the bobcat was diseased.
Marks said the bobcat, which ran into the woods after the attack, weighed 20 to 25 pounds.
There are approximately 2,000 to 3,000 bobcats in Minnesota, mostly in the northern part of the state, but researcher Bill Berg of the Department of Natural Resources said he has never heard of a bobcat attacking a human since he began working for the agency in 1974.
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