NH trapper defends rabid bobcat encounter after anonymous tip claims animal had been in trap
SUNAPEE — A trapper instructor who's mother was viciously attacked by a rabid bobcat earlier this week, is defending his timeline that day after an anonymous source said they believed the bobcat was trapped before it attacked Elsie Dabrowski. The source said they believed in one of the photos the bobcat appeared to have a leg wound that looked similar to an animal getting his leg caught in a trap.
(Photo on the left is a generic bobcat stuck in a trap. Photo on the right is of the rabid bobcat who has a wound to its front left paw.)
Gene Dabrowski said that simply isn't true. He says the bullet from the 12 gauge shotgun grazed the bobcat's front knee before entering the back knee. Gene said he is an experienced trapper and even teaches classes on humane trapping.
Dabrowski said regardless the traps he uses are more humane and don't cause injury to the animal. He said because of a laminate on the traps, they only leave a small mark like a handcuff would leave on a person.
"My traps are always as humane as possible," he said.
As for his mother, Elise, she is recovering from the brutal attack.