Rabid bobcat attacks four people in Sedona

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A rabid bobcat attacked three employees at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in Sedona on Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A rabid bobcat attacked three employees at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in Sedona on Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The bobcat also attacked a man outside his home on Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The bobcat also attacked a man outside his home on Thursday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The bobcat was found, put down and later tested positive for rabies. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The bobcat was found, put down and later tested positive for rabies. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Game and Fish says a bobcat attacked four people on Thursday in Sedona.

The bobcat was found, put down and later tested positive for rabies.

"It's scary, especially because this is a tourist area," said Sedona resident Daniel. "We have a lot of tourists and things like this could scare tourists away."

Shelly Shepherd, a Game and Fish spokeswoman, says the first attack happened outside of a man's home around 8 a.m. Thursday.

"A gentleman had gone outside, heard something under his vehicle and when he went to look, turns out a bobcat was under there," Shepherd said.

The bobcat scratched and bit the man before leaving the area.

A few hours later, another call about 2 and a half miles up the road. Three employees at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa were attacked.

"They were scratched by the animal, maybe some puncture wounds," said Shepherd.

Game officers, with the help of local authorities, were able to catch up to the animal nearby and put it down.

The four victims were not seriously injured from the attacks, but Shepherd says a rabies test on the bobcat came back positive.

County health officials were working with those attacked on treatment.

"Most individuals do go through a series of shots to treat that, to prevent any further complications or the passing on of rabies," Shepherd said.

We're told this is highly unusual for Sedona.

"No one was killed, and that's the important thing as far as I'm concerned," said Sedona resident Jessica Williamson.

She's hopeful this was an isolated situation, saying their healthy, wild neighbors are a big draw.

"That's what makes it so wonderful to live here is the wild animals and the nature that we have all around us," she said.

Game and Fish is asking the public to contact them or Yavapai County Community Health Services if they believe they or their pets may have been exposed to a bobcat recently in the area. 

Game and Fish can be reached at (623) 236-7201. Yavapai County can be reached at (928) 442-5509.

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