While looking out at his backyard, David Butler saw what he thought was a cat, but turned out to be a bobcat.
While looking out at his backyard in Ionia, David Butler saw what he thought was a house cat.
“I saw this cat and thought, ‘That’s a different kind of cat,” said David Butler, adding that when his daughter Emma saw the creature, she said, “This is not a cat.”
it was a bobcat.
When it starting growling at the Butlers' pet cat Lefty, Emma tried to shoo it away and got bit on the hand.
Emma received one bite and a few scratches. So far, she has received 11 shots and will have to continue treatment for the next 28 days.
“I’m glad she was not hurt worse,” said Emma's mother, Rhonda. “If it can do that to a 14-year-old girl, what can it do to a toddler? That is what scares me.”
The Ionia Department of Public Safety came to the house on Monday to set up a trap and look for the bobcat.
“It’s very unusual to see bobcats in a residential area,” said IDPS director Dave Bulling. “It has been confirmed that it is a young bobcat.”
IDPS officers also went door to door in a three block radius to warn people of the animal.