Virginia, IL - 17 January 2006: Bobcat Suspected in Attack as Woman Walks Dog

Karen Ackerman, 40, was walking her mother's miniature dachshund, when, she said, "it actually growled, and I knew something was coming at me. I turned around to get into the house, and I wasn't quick enough. All of a sudden, I felt this big pressure on me, and it knocked me down into the bushes." Illinois conservation officials suspect the attacking animal may have been a bobcat. Bobcats are increasingly common in the southern part of the state.

The Web site of The State Journal-Register has the report.