The bobcat attacked the golfer at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in the Baltic section of Sprague, according to a statement from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
General manager Philip Krick Jr. a foursome was near a fairway bunker on the seventh hole when the cat jumped on one mans back. Krick and police said the man in his 60s and another golfer in his group used their clubs to beat the cat away.
Environmental police tracked the cat to a culvert and shot it. The bobcat is thought to be the same animal that attacked a horse stabled nearby earlier in the morning. The horse received lacerations to the neck and eye and was treated by a veterinarian.
The bobcat is being tested for rabies.
The golfer was taken to a Norwich hospital to be treated for scratches. His name was not made public.