A photo Frederick says she took after the attack shows a snowy pathway covered in blood.
“This was an MMA cage match! And I lost!” she added.
Two other neighbors told WCBS the squirrel had jumped on them, seemingly unprovoked.
“These squirrels are aggressively going after people,” Vinati Singh said.
The city’s Department of Health advised the neighbors to hire a licensed trapper, but the large metal traps have not yet captured any squirrels, the broadcaster reported.
The reason for the squirrel — or squirrels’ — aggressive behavior is not clear. Small rodents like squirrels rarely test positive for rabies and are not known to have transmitted it to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.