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AFFTON, MO (KTVI) - Rick Ankoviak showed us his injuries from a bobcat attack early Friday morning. He has three or four very distinct claw marks on his back.

Ankoviak said he was attacked while turkey hunting in Pea Ridge Conservation Area in Washington County.

“Gave him a turkey call,” Ankoviak said. “I got a brand new one and hit it about three times. Heard a lot of rustling, thought it was just squirrels. Then the squirrels started barking and I heard leaves rustling. Next thing I know, I got slammed in the shoulder and it knocked me out of the tree. I spun around, just in case I was going to get attacked again, and saw a bobcat running away. Saw its pointy ears and stubby little tail, hauling butt over a ridge.”

Ankoviak said while he was at the hospital, a report was filed with Missouri Conservation Department.

“By the time I got home they had already called wanting to know where I was at, what happened,” he said. “The guy kept saying, 'I've never heard of such a thing.'”

Ankoviak estimated the bobcat to be around 30 pounds, about a medium-sized dog.

“It was just following its prey,” he said. “And I just happened to sound good enough that it wanted to come over and try to take a look.”

When Ankoviak went out into the woods early Friday morning with his 12-guage shotgun in tow, he had no idea how effective his turkey call would be.

“I don't know about my calling as much as it is the turkey call was that good,” he said. “I'm not sure.”

Ankoviak said he and his wife are concerned that if the bobcat was willing to attack a full-size adult, they worry about what it would do to a child.

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