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Turkey hunter attacked by bobcat in Lincoln Co.

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. - A day of hunting turkey took a bizarre turn for a central Kentucky man when he ended up being attacked by a wild animal.

Bud Griffith says this was his first time turkey hunting. He didn't bag a bird, but he did bring a wild animal home. But the animal actually started out hunting Griffith.

"I called my wife and said 'honey you're not going to believe this, I've just been attacked by a little bobcat,'" said Griffith.

Last Saturday, Griffith was hunting turkeys on his farm in Lincoln County. He set up some decoys and then sat down against a tree. It was when he began using a turkey call that he was attacked from behind.

"Jumped up on my left shoulder and hit me right across the face. It scared me so bad at first. I thought it was a coyote," Griffith said.

Griffith says once he lifted his arms, the animal took off.

"(I) took a shot out of instinct. I don't know how it happened."

Once he ran to the animal, he realized it wasn't a coyote, but a 25 pound bobcat. Griffith called the game warden. And because it's not bobcat season, the game warden wrote him a tag for his unlikely kill.

"I told him that this was a story that never happens. This was a story that my grand-kids, grand kids is going to be able to tell."

Griffith says he's taking the cat to a taxidermist Friday night. He plans to display it in his home.


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