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The Arizona Game and Fish Department responded to calls involving a bobcat Thursday, Jan. 12, after it attacked four people in separate incidents within 2.5 miles in the Sedona area.

The initial attack occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when a man was bitten and scratched by a bobcat sitting under his vehicle. Game and Fish and Sedona police officers attempted to locate the animal and at 2 p.m., they were alerted that three staff members at Los Abrigados Resort were attacked by a bobcat.


The bobcat was located, lethally removed and transported to the Arizona State Health Laboratory for a standard necropsy and rabies testing.

Positive rabies results were reported late Friday.

The public is advised to avoid wildlife exhibiting unusual wildlife behaviors which can include; showing no fear of humans, aggressive behavior, staggering and/or acting sickly and nocturnal mammals active during daytime.

If a wildlife emergency situation occurs call 911.

To report unusual wildlife sightings or behavior call the Arizona Game and Fish Department or the appropriate county community health services department.

The public is encouraged to contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7201 or Yavapai County Community Health Services at (928) 442-5509 if they believe they or their pets may have been exposed to a bobcat recently in this area.

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