BAD ACRE

A pet goose is on the mend after a bobcat grabbed it by the neck and tried to carry it 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 know that predators can still put your beloved pets at risk, even if you have something like a fenced yard.

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

News of the attack prompted other neighbors to take precautions to protect their pets.

Tuesday morning around 9:30, Gordon heard a loud noise coming from his backyard.

“I saw him on the ground, and I saw a lynx on him. I got out and screamed at the top of my lungs. I kept getting closer and closer, screaming, and he jumped on the fence, trying to drag my pet over the fence,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s backyard, where Ping the goose was attacked. (By: WINK News)

Her pet is her 5-month-old goose Ping. Gordon received it shortly after birth. She says he was swimming in her backyard pool when the bobcat swooped in.

“Finally, when I got close enough and yelled, he let go of my pet and ran away,” Gordon said.

Gordon says Ping has lost a lot of blood and hasn’t shown much sign of improvement. Her vet put him on antibiotics and gave him fluids.

“I thought I was cool with 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. Lynxes are said to be usually elusive and not aggressive towards humans.

FILE: Bobcat. (Credit: FWC)

If one gets too close for comfort, their advice is to yell, use an air horn, or throw a rock next to the trot instead of at it to let it know it’s unwelcome.

“Everyone needs to know that this is possible and they need to keep an eye on their pets when they’re outside,” Gordon said.

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

Ariel Hounshell and Tony Ramirez say they will no longer let their cat roam unattended.

“I won’t let her go without me,” Hounshell said.

The FWC says it’s also important to keep food sources safe, including garbage, and make sure your pets aren’t left unattended outside or in screened enclosures.

As for Ping the goose, Gordon said she will continue to give him medicine in hopes that he will survive the brutal attack.

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