Comments for: Woman hits bobcat, gives it a ride to downtown Bangor

Posted Dec. 12, 2012, at 3:52 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 12, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.

BANGOR | When Josh Plourde of Bangor saw a van parked on Harlow Street around midnight on Tuesday, he noticed the flashing hazard lights and saw that all four doors of the vehicle were open. What he saw when he stopped to offer assistance was a bit of a …

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  • Givrsum

    ohhhh man, you just can’t make this stuff up!!

  • Anonymous

    girl, that’s no house cat, dang!! hahaa

  • Guest

    I simply do not understand how someone can pick up this animal and not know it was a bobcat.
    Poor woman was probably startled out of her wits…

    • Anonymous

      That thing could have clawed her eyes out.

      • Rocky4

        Imagine if that thing had come around, got his second wind,
        it would have been scared as hell. She is damned lucky that
        thing didn’t attack her while she was driving. I just can’t fathom anybody
        being that stupid, taking a chance with rabies & all.

        • Anonymous

          low incidence of rabies around these parts it happens, but not often. Feline leukemia far more likely. Hope she doesn’t have cats at home.

        • Anonymous

          If stopping to assist an injured animal (especially since she thought it was a domestic cat…possibly a large Maine Coon) is stupid, would that more people were this stupid. I’ve lost 2 dogs and 2 cats for being hit by people who just kept going.

          • Rocky4

            Stopping to assist is NOT stupid. Nobody loves animals more than I do. What she did after she stopped was really stupid.
            And anybody that isn’t trained that puts an injured animal inside
            their car IS stupid. She is not a vet, or warden. Can’t tell the
            difference between a wild bobcat & a house cat.
            If you don’t know what it is or what it does, LEAVE IT ALONE!

          • Anonymous

            Vets and animal rehabilitators don’t go to injured animals; you have to transport them, unless you want the local police, sheriff’s deputy, or state trooper to shoot the animal without having a professional evaluation done to determine whether the injuries are too severe for treatment save the animal. Sometimes it’s obvious there’s no hope. Sometimes it’s not, as the case was with the raccoon in Hancock County.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps it’s time that you realize it’s not smart to let your pets outside to fend for themselves.

    • Anonymous

      it was dark out?? But I have to admit it is pretty big for a house cat.

    • Rocky4

      No. Nit wit comes to mind. I just don’t understand how some
      people function and get through from one day to the next being
      that stupid.

      • Anonymous

        Politicians ??

        • Rocky4

          Good point!

      • Anonymous

        Pretty rude of you – she is obviously a kind woman with a big heart and was trying to do the right thing and you call her a nit wit.

        • Anonymous

          Do you suppose that your reply will reform Rocky4? He is a constant troll with never a nice word for anyone.

          Maybe if we ignore him he’ll go away.

          • Anonymous

            Rocky4 needs alot of attension.Seems to feel insulting others,and making crude remarks will get him some.Hope he grows up soon

          • Anonymous

            It’s hard to keep track of all these trolls on here – there are just so many! :-)

          • bogcook

            You are so right

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know but many of your posts seem to come under the category of nit wit.

        • Rocky4

          It would be nice if you could tell the difference between
          tongue-in-cheek sarcasm, humor, and reality. Keep trying.

          • bogcook

            Your humor is to put people down?
            That is so sad. I am very sad for you

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like you have some serious self-esteem issues. Most bullies do.

      • Anonymous

        It shouldn’t be to hard for you to figure it out,after all, your still around.

        • Rocky4

          ;+)…..cute. If you’re going to slam someone please get
          your spelling and punctuation correct. :-/

      • bogcook

        You do seem to enjoy calling people names and putting people down DON’T YOU!!!

    • Josh Plourde

      She got out the van. She didn’t have a cell phone. She didn’t realize it wasn’t a housecat until she arrived in Downtown Bangor. It was dark. She was scared and emotional from hitting an animal with her car.

      • Guest

        I understand her distress over hitting an animal.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for helping her Josh,many people would have kept going.Its people like you who give me hope.

    • bogcook

      Some people during hunting season shoot all kinds of different animals thinking they are deer. At least this one was a cat. Just happened to be a bobcat.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it BDN feels the need to show us all a photo of the dead cat??

    • Anonymous

      They show photos of dead deer that people kill on purpose.

    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      is it dead??

    • Anonymous

      To show how rediculous it was for her to think that is a domesticated cat. Yes come cats are large however Bobcats are built completely different.

  • only in Maine…lol, thats one big “house cat!” lol

  • Anonymous

    She thought it was a housecat? The first thing they should have done was give her a field sobriety test!

    • PabMainer

      Along with an eye exam…..

    • Anonymous

      I had a 33 lb housecat.He was an American Shorthair,which become very large.

  • Anonymous

    Just the other day I picked up someone’s poor little puppy dog on side of the road, it wasn’t until it had chewed off my arm and most of my leg that I realized it was a wolf!

    • Mike Kirby

      Pet Cemetery?

      • Anonymous

        Stephen is that you, getting material for your next book?

    • Anonymous

      LOL. You forgot to add…..”but I got better.”

    • Anonymous

      Ha!

    • Anonymous

      In all of human history there are only two reports of an unprovoked wolf attacking a human.

  • Superuser23

    That’s it, pick up a Bobcat, and try letting it run loose in the city limits opening up all of your car doors….

    • Anonymous

      The “City” already has bob cats, moose, fox, wild dogs, coyotes, skunks, racoons, and any number of other animals. some fat more dangerous than a bobcat.

      I would guess that there is NO city in the USA which does not have wild animals within its borders. When I was young in New York City, we regularly had possums in our yard. Those who do not know this animal may be surprised to learn that they can be much more dangerous than a bobcat. They have jaws as strong as an alligator, and teeth like razors. While it would be hard for a possum to kill a adult, a child might not fare well in a encounter.

      • Anonymous

        What many of these posters don’t seem to realize is that wild animals venture closer to the cities everywhere more than ever before. Not hard to figure out why. There was a program on PBS the other night about tigers in Africa…..they often are found on the outskirts of the large cities there; people awake to find them knocking over garbage cans,etc.

      • Superuser23

        it doesn’t need to be encouraged is my point.

    • Anonymous

      Welcome to Maine. Wildlife is everywhere and just because you live behind those magical city limits doesn’t mean that they know any different. Believe it or not, while cartoons may personify animals, in real life they have no clue what town or city they are in…they are just looking for food or shelter and could care less that they have entered the arbitrary borders of a city.

      • Superuser23

        Which is true on the other hand, if you are going to pick up a bobcat, leave it in your car without letting it back out. Is that what would happen if say a child got hit? Would you say “oh gee I didn’t realize you were a kid” and then get out of your car, open all the doors and wait for them to escape.

        • Anonymous

          Well, while I find it a little on the comical side that she mistook a bobcat for a house cat, at least she made the effort to make things right. One time I witnessed as vehicle in front of me hit a dog on route 1 in Thomaston. They hit the dog broadside and I pulled over immediately as they hit him going about 35. I got out and stopped traffic as the owner grabbed the dog from the road and took its last breaths while the person that hit the dog sped away. It was absolutely stupid of me to get out on route 1 in the middle of the summer and stop traffic on one of the busiest roads in the state, but sometimes you do things in a panic in an attempt to help. This is all she did. It was an attempt to help, and yeah we can all laugh and say how ‘stupid’ she is for mistaking a huge bobcat for a house cat, but at least she tried to help.

  • Anonymous

    She realizes she has a bobcat on board so she plans to release it in a city! Why not just get out of the van and call 911?! I really want this woman around in an emergency. It’s clear she can handle things.

    • Josh Plourde

      She got out the van. She didn’t have a cell phone. She didn’t realize it wasn’t a housecat until she arrived in Downtown Bangor. It was dark. She was scared out of her wits and emotional from hitting an animal with her car.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your response. I don’t how all these people who posted are such authorities on this situation. Like you said, it was dark and she was upset at hitting what she thought was someone’s cat. There are many very large cats (house cats)….larger than a small dog sometimes. How was she to know?!

        • Jessica Anderson-Wade

          I actually have some of those house cats that are MUCH larger than a small dog… If she was able to “scoop it up” then it is reasonable to think she assumed it was just a really large house cat. I applaud the woman for trying to help. Most people couldn’t care less that they just injured an animal and don’t think twice about it. She was making an honest effort to make a difference and rectify what she had done. How many of you putting this poor woman down would have done the same? It’s just too bad it turned out the way it did.

        • Anonymous

          You are correct here. I have a “house” cat that weighs in at 22 pounds, and the vet says he’s NOT fat. He’s all white so we named him “Polar Bear.”

          • Anonymous

            I had one who was 33 lbs. I have 2 that are over 20 lbs. and one who is 15 lbs at 9 months old.All are DOMESTIC,not wild cats.It happens.

          • Anonymous

            What growth hormones are you feeding your cats?!

          • Anonymous

            Just purina cat chow

    • Anonymous

      Relase in the the city?? I dont think she planned on releasing it, secondly what does it matter if it’s in Bangor or not? There is just as much wildlife including foxes, coyotes, and others living right in peoples backyards… Having a bobcat loose in “the city” really isnt an issue especially that early when there is minimal traffic.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH she would fit right in with most of the commenter’s on here.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t consider this a 911 call. After all, 911 is supposed to be used for actual emergencies. It’s not meant to be general number to call any police department.

  • Anonymous

    Good thing she didn’t hit one with a white stripe down its back.

  • Anonymous

    It should have been taken to the animal park in Gray

    • Anonymous

      Good suggestion.

  • While I’d think a Bobcat is rather easily identified, my Maine Coon is 20 pounds and wild looking. In the dark and distress? I don’t know…maybe?

    The woman’s a bit flaky it sounds, though I can give her a bit of a pass for her good intentions. :D

    • Anonymous

      It looks like a furry version of my mouse catcher.

  • Guest

    Do you have a recipe? You must have one to go along with the moose….

  • Anonymous

    Giant China Buffet??
    Secret sauce.

    • Anonymous

      stereotype much?

      • Anonymous

        OK,

        how bout RoadKill Cafe’ , instead ??
        All better now ??

        Next time call a Whaaaambulance.

        • Tom Brown III

          I miss roadkill cafe.

      • Anonymous

        Hypersensitive much?

  • Anonymous

    At least she stopped and tried to be helpful. A lot of people would have just taken off leaving a family wondering where their pet is. What are the odd of hitting a bob cat? I saw one in my yard the other day and initially thought it was a large house cat. I’ve also known 30+ pound cats. She’s darn lucky the cat didn’t nail her! .

  • Anonymous

    Oh boy like the woman and the raccoon.

  • Anonymous

    Racist much?? This isn’t even remotely funny. No excuse. Nothing like perpetuating the impression that Mainers are a bunch of backwards, stupid hicks.

    • Mike Kirby

      Go back to New Jersey..and take the people who are ruining MY home state with you

      • Anonymous

        Seriously Mike are you talking about skin pigment exclusively?

  • Anonymous

    I know she obviously meant well, but…wow. (SMH)

  • really big kitty!

  • Anonymous

    You’re really not very bright. Some comments on here are amusing but not yours. Just numb!

    • Anonymous

      cardpuff48, some people will never like me, and I’m OK with that

      • Anonymous

        It’s not that I don’t like you; I don’t know you. I just didn’t find any humor in your response. I quess I’m overly sensitive when it comes to pets. Can’t even watch PBS nature shows and animals rescue ads without crying.

        • Anonymous

          That is not a pet.. not even close. Its a wild animal. Secondly if it were trapped then it would have been used for fur which is worth money based on what the market is paying. Not funny however there is truth behind what was written.

          • Anonymous

            I understand they made human skin lampshades in Germany before and during the Second World War.

          • Anonymous

            True.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so the game warden decided the wounds must be mortal… but lots of housecats CAN survive being hit by a car – with proper medical attention. Why couldn’t a bobcat? Too much hassle for them?

    • Anonymous

      exactly my thoughts…our cat had pretty much the same type of injury, broken pelvis broken hip broken tail, missing for two days, and then he crawled home. took him to the vets, some dollars later he is still with us.

      • Tom Brown III

        thats the rub dude. who is gunna pay the $1000.00 for this wild animal to have surgery it might not even survive? then housing and care during recovery and placement after all that because he can’t go back and survive in the wild.

        It is great you love you cat enough to be able to spend a good chunk of change to keep him with you. I had a similar experience when I rescued my cat as a kitten. He had a fairly serious umbilical hernia and was about 6 weeks old or less when I found him at the parking lot of my work. I considered bringing him to the humane society as I hadn’t planned on adopting a pet but after I brought him home to my sweetheart she immediately told me we were keeping him. So $350.00 surgery later we have our first cat!

        However had we given him to the humane society with the chance of the surgery being successful around 50/50 they would have euthanized him which I wouldn’t have faulted them for because that money could be spent to spay/neuter a dozen cats and feed them for 2-3 weeks until they get homes. Just like the bobcat, someone would have had to foot that bill and it would have potentially being taken money away from a different animal/s that needed it.

      • That’s a house cat.. This is a bobcat. It always dosen’t have a fairy tale ending. Look at millions social security that they wanted to retire on… Just saying.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve had a few experiences with Warden Fahey (injured eagle, rabid racoon and deer on melting ice) and he was very reponsive, helpful and professional. Good guy! I trust his judgment.

    • Anonymous

      Well, who’s going to pay for it? Seriously? I am a true blue animal lover, but sometimes you do the most humane thing when it comes to wild animals. To hospitalize it would cause it untold stress and probably kill it anyway. Sad to see a beautiful creatures demise.

      • Anonymous

        Eactly.Why kill it slowly by caging it nd trying to ”help” it.Its not right to keep a suffering wild animal alive.Its not only a horrible thing to do to the animalits also dangerous for the people and pets it could come in contact with.

    • Thats a game animal. It’s like helping a deer when it’s hit. You shoot it and move forward. It happens…..Bobcat season is right now. Started December 1st.

    • Anonymous

      what are you going to do with it even if it survives.It can never be wild again.Do you suggest spending thousands to treat it,and then letting it die of starvation because it cant hunt?

      • Anonymous

        Experienced wildlife rehabilitators have had lots of success nursing wildlife back to health and returning them to the wild successfully.

        • Anonymous

          This animal had very serious,life threatening injuries.It would not heal well enough to be able to hunt and fend for or protect itself.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad he/she is no longer suffering. Poor baby :(

  • Anonymous

    That comment was totally ignorant and racist! You should be ashamed of yourself. I guess now we all know what kind of a person you are.

    • Mike Kirby

      Yep and when they get your daughter hooked on drugs and break into your house, remember those words

    • Mike Kirby

      The fact that I have to live with people who live off of my tax dollars and are ruining Bangor is ignorant

      • Anonymous

        Lots of people of different races are living off your tax dollars! Your comments are disgusting and inappropriate and I hope they kick your butt off here. You are living in a different time than the rest of us and you really need to keep these comments to yourself. Thank you!!!

        • Anonymous

          Just for argument’s sake you think now is better than say, the 1950’s?

          Funny thing though, I did not take Mike’s comment as “racist” until someone a lot younger explained the situation.

          • Anonymous

            Unfortunately, it isn’t much better and you see that far too often just from the commentators on this site. Yahoo comments are pretty vicious also. A sad truth…

  • Moms a sports fan is she?

    • Mike Kirby

      Yep loves hockey

  • Anonymous

    It makes you wonder about folks, good heart and all but she is truly lucky because this cat is one awesome hombre and could of put a world of hurt on her. I’m glad it wasn’t a moose.

    • Anonymous

      Or a deer in the back of 67 Plymouth Belvedere convertible.

  • David

    This sounds like something Will Ferrell would do in a movie. “There’s a bobcat in my van! A bobcat!” Oh wait, he did with a cougar.

  • Anonymous

    You may want to update the coding used to show “similar” stories. Not only are none of the “similar” stories remotely similar, your story just yesterday about the rescued raccoon doesn’t even appear.

  • Jazz11

    Me, I would have insisted it be taken to a vet. But, that’s just my big heart talkin’.

  • Anonymous

    It looked like it was in pretty good condition. Should have taken it to the Nokomis Regional High School’s taxidermy program for the kids to work on. I’ll bet they don’t get too many bobcats.

  • Anonymous

    Easy to kill something, not so easy to save it, so no contest.

    I found a fox (years ago) that had been hit by a vehicle It was in pretty bad shape, but I brought it home (yeah I know that is illegal) nursed it back to health, and brought it up to a large piece of family land in Aroostook and released it. For several years I would see this animal running across the fields behind our cabin. I knew this particular fox because it had a completely white tail.

  • Anonymous

    Kuddos to her for atleast stopping and having compassion for the animal. Most get left in the road to die, We don’t see bob cats everyday here and Im sure in her anxious state after hitting it, she was just caught up in the emotions and placed it in her car. I applaud her and am just glad she wasn’t hurt!

  • Anonymous

    The Bobcat should not had been put down….neither Sgt Bishop or the Warden are qualified vets. If the Vet decided that it could not save the Bobcat than he should of euthanized it. It is so easier to put an animal down than to take the time and take it to a qualified Vet to help. The Bobcat got out of the Vehicle by its self so it was that critical. Just didn’t want to take the time. How sad.

    • Are you going to pay for the surgery that may not work? And take it home to rehabilitate it? How about we save that money for domestic animals that need to be spayed/neutered? Not trying to sound mean but someone has to foot the bill.

      • Anonymous

        There are wildlife rehabilitators who could provide care after surgery, if surgery was needed.

  • Anonymous

    She tried to help,and that was good.I am also happy the animal was put down humanly,and not left somewhere to suffer.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm.
    Knew a girl like that once………………………

  • Scott Harriman

    Reminds me of the time I picked up a cougar in the dark on the side of the road in Veazie and gave her a ride.

    Won’t be doing that again…

  • Anonymous

    She’s just lucky it wasn’t the “endangered” canadian lynx – She’d probably be in a federal penn. right now !

  • Anonymous

    My wife did this with a possum one time. She thought it was dead. It turned out to be very much alive.

    • Anonymous

      Gotta ask. What did your wife want with a dead possum? Please don’t tell me she thougth of serving up road kill stew.

  • Anonymous

    People, this is Maine. Every week (it seems) something is in season to get shot out there. They kill all kinds of animals for the meat, antlers, or gosh knows what you do with your carcasses. A cougar is euthanized and everyone is weighing in on the morality of doing that.

  • Yarply Twelve

    To bad it wasn’t a puppy,, then the cops would have had something to shoot.

  • Donald Jenner

    Since when — even in Maine — is a game warden a qualified assessor of injury and treatment potential? I don’t think so….

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