Suddenly, the bobcat attacked and she was knocked to her knees.
DeDe Phillips walked out to her front yard in Hart County, Ga., around dinnertime intending to take a picture of a new bumper sticker on her truck, reports the Athens Banner-Herald and the Hartwell Sun. "I was scared. that my granddaughter would come out and I didn't want that to happen", she says.
Moments after the thought passed her head, the bobcat pounced on her. "As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it", Phillips said.
"As he starts towards me, I threw my phone and he went mid-air and just about knocked me down", she said. "I grabbed it by the shoulders and pushed it back away from me and I took it down right here".
The newspaper reported that Phillips' son used a knife to stab the animal and make sure it was dead. When police arrived, she said her arms and legs were numb, but her hands were still gripped around the bobcat's neck.
Though bobcat sightings are rare, the animals have been known to attack humans and are especially aggressive when they are sick.
Phillips said her father-in-law was a trapper so she remembered bobcats tend to go for the throat of their prey.
The almost 40-pound animal jumped five feet and landed on her chest, and started attacking her face. "Once I got him where he wasn't moving I started screaming for my daughter-in-law to call 911", the 46-year-old added.
Due to the encounter, Phillips suffered broken fingers on both her hands and cuts and bruises all over her body. Phillips knows something about bobcats because her father-in-law was once a bobcat trapper.