Bobcat Strangler Tells CBS 5 His "Death Grip" Kept Cat From Biting Him

Yesterday, we told you about a man who strangled a rabid bobcat to death after the cat attacked him in the front lawn of his Crown Creek Trail home on Monday.

Chuck Norris, eat your heart out, right?

Today, 61-year-old James Gruver is speaking out about his ordeal and tells CBS 5 (KPHO) that he threw the bobcat in a "death grip" to keep from getting bit.

"I just kept a death grip on it because I realized when I was down on the ground, this is getting real serious," he says.

Many would consider just seeing a bobcat "real serious" but Gruver says he's seen several  on his remote property, and he could tell this one had some, um, issues.

"If he clawed me, that's one thing, but I didn't want to get bitten because I was sure it has rabies or it wouldn't be attacking me," he says.

Gruver, who's about 6-feet, 8-inches tall, says he bent down to look under a trailer when he noticed the bobcat, which then lunged at him.

The cat knocked Gruver to the ground, where despite the animal's clawing and trying to bite him, he kept his "death grip" around the cat's neck until it eventually died.

Gruver came away from the fight with only a few scratches, suggesting one thing: The word "badass" should probably be spelled G-R-U-V-E-R from now on.

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