Bobcat Attacks Payson Couple

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Two Payson residents were hurt Friday morning when a bobcat attacked them in their back yard.

Jan and Harry Parsons, owners of the Payson Golf Course, suffered abrasions and "a few puncture wounds," Craig McMullen, a local field supervisor for Arizona Game and Fish, said. McMullen delivered the bobcat, a mature male weighing about 20 pounds, to the state veterinarian in the Valley for rabies testing.

The attack happened at 6 a.m. when the Parsons let their three dogs outside their West Mesa Drive home. The bobcat attacked the dogs, and, when the Parsons went outside to intervene, turned on them.

When Payson Police Officer David Vaughn responded, he was forced to use pepper spray to ward off the bobcat, causing the animal to retreat under the Parson's porch, said Payson Police Officer Mike Mellor, who arrived later.

The officers called Arizona Game and Fish officials, who later killed the animal.

The Parsons were treated for their injuries Friday at Payson Regional Medical Center. The condition of the couple's dogs was not available at press time.

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