Update June 25, 2017 0600 hours
The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is advising that the animal who attacked a Bisbee resident yesterday was located at approximately 8:30 pm last night in the same location and was euthanized by USDA personnel.
An initial examination of the animal this morning by USDA and Arizona Game and Fish indicate that it was a male bobcat who appeared to be emaciated with a lack of body fat. The animal weighed in at approximately twenty pounds which is smaller than other bobcats previously encountered in Cochise County and there was an identified ample source of wild food for animals in the vicinity of the attack.
Arizona Game and Fish personnel are transporting the bobcat to Phoenix for complete testing today and we anticipate results as soon as possible.
Please do not feed wildlife and always be aware of your surroundings.
We appreciate the invaluable assistance of USDA and AZGF to keep our citizens safe.
Stay safe out there!
On Sunday June 24, at approximately 7:15 am, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a bobcat attack which had just occurred near the intersection of Della and Barnett Street in Bisbee.
The Sheriff’s Office and USDA personnel responded to the area and were not able to locate the animal. Contact was made with the victim, a Bisbee resident, who advised that he was taking his dog for a walk this morning in the area of Della and Barnett when he saw a bobcat in the brush.
The man advised that he saw the bobcat start running towards him and he let his dog go and shouted for him to go home.
The man advised that the bobcat did not go after the dog, but continued towards him before lunging and tearing at his left arm.
The wife of the victim saw the dog come home and immediately got into her car to locate her husband.
The man advised that the bobcat continued the attack and did not run off until his wife honked her horn.
The man was taken to the Copper Queen hospital where he was treated for significant damage to his left forearm, left bicep, and left arm.
The man has since been released from the hospital pending additional medical treatment.
USDA personnel are working closely with Arizona Game and Fish in the area in an attempt to locate the animal who attacked the Bisbee resident.
USDA is advising that this behavior is significantly atypical of bobcats and they want to advise the residents in the immediate area to use caution until the animal is located.