TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Game & Fish is reminding people to keep their hands off wildlife after a bobcat kitten took a bite out of a man trying to help the cat in a backyard.
Mark Hart with AZGFD said it happened Wednesday at a home off East Rio Vistoso Lane in Oro Valley.
Hart said the 21-year-old knew there was a mother bobcat with two kittens in his backyard. The man told AZGFD one kitten went over the fence into a neighbor’s backyard with a pool, after the family of bobcats was spooked.
The man said he was worried the kitten wouldn’t make it back to its mother, so he went to get the kitten from the neighbor’s backyard to bring it back. That is when the kitten bit the man's finger.
The man told KOLD News 13 that he was surprised the kitten bit him “in a way” because “it looked so sweet and cute.”
He said officials were worried about infection, but he decided against getting a rabies shot.
Hart said the man was trying to help the animal and do the right thing, but the right thing with wildlife is to leave them alone.
Call to report an issue involving wildlife to AZGFD at 623-236-7201.