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AZ: Rabid bobcat attacks 2 local hunters

October 12, 2013

From DCourier.com

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

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