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10/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
Rabid bobcat attacks 2 local hunters
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If you see an animal behaving strangely, contact Game and Fish or animal control.
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If you see an animal behaving strangely, contact Game and Fish or animal control.
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Two Prescott Valley quail hunters suffered multiple injuries when a rabid adult male bobcat attacked them on Thursday afternoon, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The two men were hunting several miles northeast of Prescott Valley when the attack occurred near the northeast corner of the Mingus Meadows subdivision, about halfway between Highway 89A and Perkinsville Road.

The hunters had stopped to open a gate when the bobcat ran under their vehicle.

"The bobcat was spotted under some bushes and then ran under the vehicle," said Zen Mocarski, public information officer with the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. "One of the victims looked under the truck and was attacked."

The hunter suffered deep lacerations, punctures, and scratches to his back, shoulders, arms, and chest.

The other hunter tried to get the bobcat off of the victim and also was attacked, Mocarski said. The second victim suffered less severe injuries to his arms and legs.

One of the victims then shot and killed the bobcat, and the two transported themselves and the feline to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where both were immediately treated for post exposure to rabies.

Officials announced Friday the bobcat tested positive for rabies, and warned people to be careful in the wild.

It marks the second rabies exposure in Yavapai County in 2013. In the first incident, a fox bit a 14-year-old girl on the heel and ankle in Sedona in early January.

Mocarski said people should not approach any wild animals. Residents should keep watch for any unusual wildlife behavior such as lethargy, no fear of humans, being overly aggressive, or nocturnal animals being overly active during the day. People also are advised to make sure their pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.

Anyone seeing abnormal animal behavior should contact Game and Fish or animal control.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: Hunter Johnson

Marie Papademetri, Why so much hate? You not a vegan. Ive seen you eat meat in Dewey. Where do you thing steak, and chicken breasts you buy at the store come from?

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Article comment by: Marie Papademetri


What sport or meat is there in hunting down and killing these adorable birds . Sorry guys I have no sympathy for you. You got what you deserved. Imagine the pain these poor creatures suffer and bring their life to an end when you shoot them !

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: @ Jeff Fine

Its nice to know that you are educated enough to where legal boundaries are but do not know how to use proper grammar.

"They shouldn't of been there "
should be
"They shouldn't have been there"

So go ahead, keep patrolling for trespassers from your armchair.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: @ reality hits you hard bro

good, go ahead and don't tell anyone, just let the brain eating rabies that the animal had kill you.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: That's their

punishment for shooting at, and trying to kill those cute little birds.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: Scotty G.

Umm... Jeff... the story said they were NEAR Mingus Meadows, not in it. Interesting that you seem to know where people "shouldn't be", when you don't know where they were in the first place.

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: The Best of a Bad Situation

I'm not sure why everyone is jumping all over these guys.

Why check under the vehicle? If you saw a bobcat run under your truck would you just walk up and try to jump back in hoping everything would be okay? Would you just try to walk away? I'd at least bend down and look under the truck to see if the cat was still there before I tried to get back in. Nothing in the article says the guy stuck his head under the vehicle, he could have been quite a few yards away.

Mingus Meadows is a private subdivision they shouldn't have even been there? The article states that they were "near the north-east corner," with the implication that they were outside of it. This is a reference point, most helpful to people that live in subdivisions, not those that spend a lot of time outside of them. Those guys probably had every right to be where they were.

You wouldn't report it? I'm glad they did. I spend a lot of time out and about, outside of town. It's good to know what areas have had recent, confirmed cases of rabies. Where there is one there are others.

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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Article comment by: cody freedom

Just because people own land at mingus meadows does not mean they own the whole mountain.they have a gate locked illeagley out there.state trust land.if a person has a valid arizona hunting or fishing license that person can be on that trust land.those people were hurt and the only thing you can think of is to say something stupid to say

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Fine

Mingus Meadows is a private subdivision with no trespassing signs. They shouldn't of been there in the first place.

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Article comment by: Rancher up north

Don't know the hunters, their ages or experience. Mistakes made and paid for in a big way. Credit earned for killing the cat. They did what needed to be done in the aftermath. And, I imagine, in a good deal of pain. Good they got their rabies treatment started asap. Lessons learned the hard way tend to stick.

Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Article comment by: J L

Why would anyone check under the vehicle?!!!

Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Article comment by: Born HERE

What, again?

Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Article comment by: reality hits you hard bro

Hey bubba, was that a kitty? lemme check Jim Bob. Ouch, that weren't no friendly kitty. When any animal acts out of it's natural way of doing things, leave it alone. I learned that as a young child and hunter. C'mon peeps, if this had happened to me i would have been too embarassed to even report it.

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