BPD says the caracal shooting was unfortunate but necessary

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A woman and her child are recovering after police say they were victims of caracal attack yesterday in Bloomington.

Just before 11 a.m. Sunday morning officers were called to the 700 block of Locust Street on reports of an exotic animal that attacked a woman and her 6-year-old child. 

When police got there, they first transported the victims to the hospital. Officers then say the caracal wasn’t bothering anyone else, so they called animal control and chose to monitor the cat until crews arrived.

However, shortly after the call officers say the caracal turned and started snarling and walking toward them.

In an effort to protect the rest of the neighborhood, and themselves, an officer opened fire shooting and killing the animal.

“The officer had to make a decision,” said Bloomington PIO, John Fermon. “The cat (caracal) already attacked two people, and they were sent to the hospital. On top of the fact that the cat may have had rabies or some other disease, the officer decided, he needed to shoot the animal to protect the people behind him and make sure he did not shoot anyone else.”

Officer Fermon says the mother and daughter will continue to visit the hospital for possible rabies exposure treatment. 

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