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Bobcat attacks Bisbee man

Posted at 6:38 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 21:13:29-04

A bobcat attacked a man who was walking his dog in Bisbee Sunday.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the bobcat confronted the man at 7:15 a.n. Sunday near the Della and Barnett Street intersection.

The bobcat ran out of the brush at the man and his dog. The man let his dog go and told him to run home. The bobcat then ripped at the man's left arm.

When the dog got home, the victim's wife drove out to look for him. She found him and scared the bobcat away by honking her horn.

The victim was treated for significant arm damage at the Copper Queen Hospital, then released.

Authorities, who say the behavior is not typical of bobcats, found the 20-pound animal at 8:30 p.m. and euthanized it. 

The bobcat's body will be tested Monday in Phoenix.

Arizona Game and Fish says they suspect the bobcat may have had rabies and warns people spending time outdoors to watch out for any strange behavior animals show. 

"Of all the rabies cases in the state of Arizona in 2018 more than half of them are here. More than 90 confirmed cased in the state, 58 in Southeastern Arizona."