Updated: Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009, 6:26 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009, 6:26 AM EDT
HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI/AP) - Department of Environmental Management Officials are searching for a fisher cat that attacked a 6-year-old boy on Karen Drive in Hopkinton Monday.
Police say the boy was waiting for the bus with his mother and other kids, when the 20-to-25 pound animal appeared. The mother told the animal attacked when the group started walking away.
The mother kicked the animal off her son, and another child threw a backpack at the fisher cat. A neighbor eventually chased the fisher cat away.
The boy was taken to Westerly Hospital, and treated for bites on his leg.
Fisher cats are relatives of the weasel. They tend to be nocturnal, and often prey on smaller animals like chipmunks and squirrels.