TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson teen was bit by a bobcat kitten Wednesday.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the teen found the bobcat in a backyard and was bit while trying to return the animal to its family.
AZGFD originally said the incident happened while rescuing the bobcat from a pool in the backyard. They have since issued a correction.
Correction: Young man with good intentions was bitten when trying to return the bobcat kitten to its family from a backyard with a pool. Initial reports indicated otherwise. We regret the error, but stand by hands off wildlife, baby or otherwise, distrssed or not. Thanks, MAH— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) May 16, 2019
The victim and the bobcat were both treated and have since been released from care.
AZGFD says if you encounter any wildlife, call 623-236-7201.
Leave Baby Wildlife Alone: A bobcat kitten that bit a Tucson teen Wed. trying to rescue it from a pool. Good Samaritan victim treated, both released. Using a pool skimmer, calling us at 623-236-7201, were better options. Cats paddle! Hands off wildlife, even when in distress. pic.twitter.com/tdE52AWQxq— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) May 16, 2019