Rabid bobcat attacks local man

By Matt Hicks

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM EST

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A bobcat that attacked a man in Nichols is found to be rabid.

The attack happened earlier this week.

According to Rebecca Lewis, public health educator with the Tioga County Health Department, the victim only sustained minor scratches and was treated with the rabies series of vaccinations.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that the bobcat was sent to Cornell University for testing.

County health officials said Friday the bobcat was found to be rabid.

According to the health department, rabies is most often transmitted by dogs and bats, but there are rare cases of human exposure through other wild animals such as foxes, raccoons and skunks.

The health department warns residents to be on the lookout for animals that are acting unusual, and don't try to capture it.

These animals can be reported by calling the health department at (607) 687-8565 or the Tioga County Sheriff's Office at (607) 687-1010.