Nancy Hill, of Greensboro, Vt., just wanted to do a good deed for what appeared to be a cat outside her home during a snowy day.
"It was below zero and I thought the poor cat needs to get in and thaw in warmth," Hill told local news station WCAX.
It was Town Meeting Day in Greensboro when Hill said she saw the furry feline in front of her home, sitting under her bird feeder. She thought the animal needed assistance, so she grabbed a cat carrier and went outside to help.
"I used to have a cat and I had a cat carrier," said Hill.
But as she approached the kitty, Hill noticed “quite a bit of blood and some fur,” and thought something wasn’t quite right.
It was only after Hill got close to the animal that she realized it was not a cute and cuddly cat.
"Well once it got up, it went so fast,” she says. “It was scary."
Hill wasn’t injured in the incident, but she went back into the house to grab her camera and take pictures of the animal that actually turned out to be a bobcat.
Wildlife experts in Vermont say that encounters with bobcats are not uncommon in the state due harsh winter season, forcing the animals outside of the woods and closer to people’s homes to find food.
“When there’s deep snow for prolonged periods of time our bobcats tend to have a tougher time,” Kim Royer, the deputy commissioner at Vermont Fish and Wildlife, told WCAX News. “If you see one, be excited, appreciate the fact that we live in this great state where bobcats still do very well, and leave ‘em alone.”
Hill says she will heed that advice in the future.
“It wouldn't have fit in my little cat carrier,” said Hill.