Man Allegedly Attacked by "Bobcat" in Downtown Tampa
February 1, 2018
Christine Lee was recently sued by Marcos Hernandez after he sustained injuries while performing an inspection of her apartment in downtown Tampa. Mr. Hernandez's lawsuit alleges that Ms. Lee was in possession of a bobcat, and that she was negligent by leaving the animal loose in the condo. Mr. Hernandez's lawsuit also names Skypoint Condominium Association, Inc., for failing to "warn others about the vicious and dangerous propensities of such animals." Under Florida law, it is illegal to possess "Class II" wildlife without first obtaining a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fla. Stat. § 379.3762(1), (2)(b) (2017). Florida Administrative Code, Section 68A-6.002(b) defines bobcats as Class II wildlife. Ms. Lee claims that she owns a standard house cat, not a bobcat. Skypoint Condominium Association, Inc., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have both conducted investigations and identified the animal as a house cat.
Dan Sullivan, "Feline at center of Skypoint lawsuit is not a bobcat, owner says," Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 4, 2018, http://www.tbo.com/news/courts/civil/Feline-at-center-of-Skypoint-lawsuit-is-not-a-bobcat-owner-says_164201178
Dan Sullivan, "Man says bobcat attacked him in Tampa's Skypoint condos," Tampa Bay Times, Jan. 4, 2018, http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/Man-says-bobcat-attacked-him-in-Tampa-s-Skypoint-condos_164161146
Kelly Bazzle, "Man says he was attacked by bobcat in Tampa condo, filed lawsuit against owner, condo association," ABC Action News, Jan. 4, 2018, https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/man-says-he-was-attacked-by-bobcat-in-tampa-condo-files-lawsuit-against-owner-condo-association