HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI/AP) - Department of Environmental Management Officials are searchingfor a fisher cat that attacked a 6-year-old boy on Karen Drive inHopkinton Monday.
Police say the boy was waiting for the bus with his mother andother kids, when the 20-to-25 pound animal appeared. The mothertold the animal attacked when the group started walking away.
The mother kicked the animal off her son, and another childthrew a backpack at the fisher cat. A neighbor eventually chasedthe fisher cat away.
The boy was taken to Westerly Hospital, and treated for bites onhis leg.
Fisher cats are relatives of the weasel. They tend to benocturnal, and often prey on smaller animals like chipmunks andsquirrels.