Florida man PUNCHES attacking bobcat to rescue daughter’s dog: ‘He clawed into me pretty good’

Paul Broadhurst was taking his daughter’s dog, Koda, for a walk in the Stoneybrook neighborhood of East Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 11 when a bobcat came out of nowhere and pounced on the dog, prompting the man to bravely punch it in the mouth as it “clawed into” him.

When the big cat landed on Koda, Broadhurst started swinging his fists at it for all he was worth and the bobcat scratched his arms, leaving painful marks. He was forced to clock the animal in the mouth while ripping it off the dog and himself.

Broadhurst recounted to Fox 32 Orlando in an interview, “The bobcat, he clawed into me pretty good, and I ended up having to punch the bobcat in the mouth to get it off of me.”

“He was walking down the sidewalk that bobcat was just over the top of him. He no sooner got there, and I ripped him off,” he stated.

(Video Credit: FOX 35 Orlando)

After scratching Broadhurst and getting beat up by the father, the bobcat scurried into the brush to escape the man’s wrath. “Got it on the ground and it took off into the tree line,” he said recalling the incident.

“He got away lucky,” Broadhurst noted referring to Koda who was uninjured during the attack.

“This is a very high-traffic area,” he contended, saying that he would like to see the bobcat trapped and taken far away. “People walk their dogs, and have their kids, there are small kids in the area, 1-, 2-, 3-year-olds and if the bobcat got on them, it would be a bad outcome.”

The Broadhurst home and neighborhood are at the edge of a conservation area.

Environmental Education Awareness Research Support’s Frank Robb urged people who walk their pets there to carry an object like a walking stick that they can put between their pets and any animal that is rabid or on the hunt for food.

The environmental and education awareness nonprofit said situations like this are happening more and more because of developments encroaching on natural habitats.

“When homes get built these wild areas are being taken away, you’re going to see more conflict like this with wildlife,” Robb claimed, according to Fox 32 Orlando. “Be aware of your surroundings and know where you live.”

Robb stated that there are many different reasons why a bobcat would attack, including that it could have been desperate for food, was fed by people, making it more comfortable near them, or that it was rabid.

“Why it happened doesn’t matter as much as how do you keep it from happening to you? Carry something to put between you and said animal, be aware if you see something that doesn’t belong turn around and go in a different direction,” Robb advised.

Florida Fish and Wildlife is reportedly investigating the incident.

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