A trapped animal becomes ballistic after rescue workers freed it from the car’s grille, WI video shows

A Wisconsin driver hit something darting across the road at night, but soon discovered it was still alive — trapped and enraged in the car, officials said.

The driver called for help and deputies from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene south of Plover, near US Interstate 39, Sheriff Mike Lukas said in an April 19 news release.

It wasn’t a raccoon or a possum, the sheriff’s office said. The Driver hit a bobcatwhich apparently broke through the front grille and survived.

According to the press release, MPs decided that it was best to consult an expert.

“My deputies are really good at solving problems, but this one confused them, so we called in Conservation Warden Bryan Lockman for backup,” Lukas said.

Bodycam video shows MPs gathered around the car as the conservation officer tries to free the wildcat with a pole. The cornered bobcat hisses at rescuers and periodically slaps at them with its large paws.

The deputies put on thick gloves while the officer gets ready for his turn.

Eventually he manages to entangle the uncooperative cat with the pole, as a video shows. He slowly pulls the bobcat out and he fights him every inch of the way.

Once freed, the bobcat turns ballistic and fights like a mighty fish at the end of a rod, video shows. The officer quickly heaves him into a covered pickup truck bed and the deputies slam the tailgate shut as he jumps and spins inside.

The bobcat flies into the air after rescue workers extricate it from the car.

The bobcat flies into the air after rescue workers extricate it from the car.

Despite all the excitement, the bobcat was unharmed, Lukas said. It was released back into the wild.

plover is about 87 miles west of Green Bay.

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