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UPDATE: Authorities find, euthanize bobcat that attacked man near Bisbee

Published: Jun. 24, 2018 at 10:44 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 25, 2018 at 8:29 AM MST
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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Authorities say the bobcat that attacked a man in Cochise County has been located and euthanized.

The man was walking his dog in a neighborhood street off Naco Highway when he was attacked by the bobcat on Sunday morning, June 25.

According to a news release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the animal was found Sunday night in the same location and was euthanized by USDA personnel.

The male bobcat was emaciated and weighed about 20 pounds, which is smaller than other bobcats found in the county. Officials said there was an ample source of wild food in the area.

The bobcat will be taken to Phoenix for further tests.

The man who was attacked said he noticed the bobcat in some brush near Della Street and Barnett Road. He told first responders that he let his dog go and told it to run home, but the wild animal remained focus on him. The bobcat tore into his arm, according to the release.

The man's wife noticed the dog returned alone, so she got into her car to find her husband. When she found him, the bobcat didn't leave until she honked the horn, according to the man.

He was released from the hospital Sunday after treatment for significant damage to his left arm, bicep and forearm, according to CCSO.

Staff from USDA advised that this is very unusual behavior for bobcats.

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