Bobcat bites woman after being hit by vehicle


A woman whose vehicle struck a small bobcat in Carmel Valley tried to help the animal and was bitten Monday night, Sept. 12, San Diego police said.

The driver mistook the animal for a domestic cat, police said.

Despite the bite, the woman declined to be taken to a hospital, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Her vehicle had hit the bobcat on El Camino Real near Half Mile Drive about 8:50 p.m., police said. The driver got out to help the badly injured animal and, at some point, was bitten.

County animal services officers got there and euthanized the severely injured bobcat.

– David Hernandez is a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune.