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Domestic goose attacked by bobcat in Lehigh Acres backyard

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A pet goose is recovering after a bobcat grabbed her by the neck and tried to carry her over a fence in Lehigh Acres. The owner of this goose has a message for all pet owners.

Joni Gordon said she wants people to be aware that even if you have something like a fenced yard, predators can still put your beloved pets at risk.

She said she had seconds to respond to the attack before the bobcat attempted to take off with her pet goose, named Ping.

News of this attack prompts other neighbors to take precautions to protect their pets.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Gordon heard a loud commotion coming from their backyard.

“I saw him on the ground and I saw the bobcat on top of him. I came out screaming at the top of my lungs. I kept getting closer and closer and screaming, and he jumped on the fence and tried to pull my pet over the fence,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s backyard where Ping the Goose was attacked. (Image credit: WINK News)

The pet is her 5 month old goose named Ping. Gordon got it shortly after he was born. She says he was swimming in a pool in her backyard when the bobcat struck.

“When I finally got close enough and screamed, he let go of my pet and ran off,” Gordon said.

Gordon says Ping lost a lot of blood and didn’t show many signs of improvement. Her vet prescribed antibiotics and gave him fluids.

“I thought I would be reassured by the fence, but now I don’t think so,” Gordon said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed that their biologists were notified and the attack was documented. They say bobcats are generally elusive and non-aggressive towards humans.

FILE: Bobcat. (Image credit: FWC)

If one gets too close for comfort, they advise yelling, using an air horn, or throwing a rock near the bobcat, not at it, to let it know it is not welcome.

“Everyone needs to know this is possible and they need to supervise their pets when they’re outside,” Gordon said.

Neighbors on Magnolia Avenue and in the West 10th Atreet area are aware of the nearby attack.

Ariel Hounshell and Tony Ramirez say they will no longer let their cat run around unsupervised.

“I don’t let her out without following her,” Hounshell said.

It’s also important to secure food sources, including trash, and ensure your pets aren’t left unattended outside or in screened enclosures, according to the FWC.

As for Ping the Goose, Gordon said she will continue to give him his medication in hopes he survives this violent attack.

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