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11/14/2012 6:00:00 AM
Brazen bobcat brunching on koi near Kingman
A trail camera in Fountain Hills set up to see what was eating fish and turtles caught this image.
A trail camera in Fountain Hills set up to see what was eating fish and turtles caught this image.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A Kingman couple who wanted to track down the scavenger targeting fish and turtles in their pond got their answer after setting up a trail camera in their yard two weeks ago.

The Murphys, who live in the Fountain Hills subdivision just outside the Kingman city limits, captured two images - one at night and one during the day - of a large bobcat strolling through their yard.

An animal believed to be a raccoon has also been photographed visiting the pond for a snack.

"We've never had wildlife like this before," said Jack Murphy.

Murphy installed the camera after half-eaten koi fish and turtles were found pulled out of the water feature in his front yard. The camera caught a darkened image at night of what was believed to be a large cat based on the stripes on the animal's front legs.

Then, this Sunday, the camera caught the bobcat walking along some pavers around 1:30 p.m.

The animal's gait stretches across the entire diagonal length of the paver, which Murphy measured at 25 inches from corner to corner.

Murphy contacted every agency he could think of, from Arizona Game and Fish to local authorities, but Game and Fish officials said they do not relocate bobcats and other agencies do not have the authority to do so.

Bobcats have been spotted in Kingman but most stay away from humans, wildlife officials said.

Murphy said he intends to hire an authorized individual to trap and relocate the animal. He said that the bobcat could be a threat to children and pets in the area.

"My wife saw him brazenly walking down the middle of Flame Bush Street in the middle of the afternoon," Murphy said.

Anyone who spots an animal they think needs help can contact the Arizona Game and Fish's Kingman office at (928) 692-7700.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Johnny Chagdes

Having a koi pond is a beautiful thing to see in your yard. However, when I had mine, rarely would I go a month without having a raccoon destroy it and eat the majority of my fish. I was later told by a friend from the Southern California Koi foundation that this is an easy thing to mitigate. He told me that you need to have a section of the pond to be at least three feet deep. Cats and Raccoons cannot get to that depth and your fish will remain alive.

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: Kim N/A

I was raised in a big city and we had alot of wildlife my parents had a pond and chickens so much of it ended up in our backyard. The only animals that we trapped and dispatched were feral cats if we caught a raccoon, weasel, opossum, even the occasional wild turkey they were released immediately even though they were a danger to the fish and chickens. The only time daddy grabbed the gun for fear of an animal was when a Mountain Lion was passing through and that was only long enough to heard all the kids inside. If you leave the wildlife alone they leave you alone. Loose pets that become feral are more of a danger to humans and the environment than anything else youll find out there.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

The "raccoon" might have been a ringtail — Arizona's state mammal, if I'm not mistaken.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: raccoons .....

If it was a coatimundi, it was somebody's pet, because they are native to Mexico and Central America, with their presence extending into the USA only in extreme southeastern Arizona. And I wasn't speaking about the bobcat photo, but the other photo where they claimed it "might have been" a raccoon. The only other remote possibilities here were a skunk or a badger, and even a fair-quality night photo should distinguish them.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Arden Morley

If yu want to relocate it, you can relocate it to our ranch. We love seeing the wildlife and would feel blessed and honored if such a wonderful creature made an appearance on our ranch. In nine years we have only seen two bocats. One was lyong oinjured in the middle of Stockton Hill Road after being hit by a car and left to die. The other was crossing the street in front of our ranch at dusk. They are gorgeous cats and will rarely harm a human (unless they are sick or injured and the human is stupid enough to try to touch them, and even then, they will flee if at all possible).

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: a trapper

FYI, you can't legally trap and move an animal alive in the state under a trapping lic. Any animal caught must be dispatched or released unharmed.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: JIST me sittin

Avg Joe .... must be why ........ you are wrong. i dont look at the govt to take care of me. wild animals are hear, of course Joe wants them in cages, or gone. .... probably one of those people who wonder why someone doesnt put up more shade in death valley and blames the govt if he gets thirsty.......

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Meadview Resident

The best way to keep unwanted natural guests away from your property is not to invite them over for a pool party.Put the koi and turtles in tanks and put in the house and drain the pond.You can bet in the evening that tank is a big hit with every snake and rat in the neighborhood.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: judy fien

People move next to the airport,then complain about airplanes,move next to a cattle dairy then complain about the smell,move to a rural zoned area then complain about the animals.Did you not educate yourself where you were moving to! Move to the city,oh! wait there might be a gopher!!!!

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: diana morris

The pic that they thought was a raccoon was probally a coatimundi it resembles a raccoon grant that to them it eats lizards,birds,insects,roots and grubs.the species Nasua narica is more native to the southwest of the united states.I with several people if you did not like wildlife why did you move into their territory.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: bobby brown

i live in golden valley there all over down here there just looking for food they killed my chickens i tried to get my ducks one morning i walk out side with a gun it was looking at me try to get t my ducks so i shoot it they kill your animals you can kill them

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: They will Kill it!

Leave this animal alone and he or she will leave you alone. We have a large population of bobcats around here and as is said here they had to post a camera to get a glimpse of it. Leve it alone.....but you watch../.they will kill it.....IDIOTS

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Jack BeQuick

I love Erins syle of reporting, to the point and no bull.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: no way

@ believed to be a raccoon?

The article says they ALSO saw what they believed was a racoon around the pond, not that they mistook the bobcat for a racoon. Re-read the article.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Falsely Accused

Turtles eat koi. They also chew off the stems of pond plants for no good reason, they don't even eat them. And they are stupid when it rains they wander off away from the ponds and don't find their way back when it drys out. The cat is probably just getting a drink at the pond. You should be honored.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Avg Joe

All of you telling the people to move to the city, and or move away if you dont want wild animals in your backyard are hipocrites. I say that because you'll all be the first ones to hire a lawyer when one of those wild animals attacks your grandchildren. You'll be screaming "why didn't someone do something"!

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Dweller

I hope for the sake of the animal that someone does come and trap it and move it to a more remote location. I don't want anythig to happen to it, but it is only a matter of time before it is either hit by a car or shot and killed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: believed to be a raccoon?

I'm having a hard time understanding how any photograph with minimum resolution would leave doubt whether it was a raccoon or not. The gait is different from all other animals, and that bandit what else did they think it was, a Tijuana zebra?

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: jist me again

BTW, hopefully, if anything is done to the bobcat you are arrested.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Reg R

Sorry Bebe, the city used to be full of wildlife too until people destroyed their habitat and moved in

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: R .

Bobcats are NOT a threat to humans, child or adult. Human beings are strange, we see something unusual that we don't understand and we get all up-in-arms about it and first thing we talk about doing is killing it! Bobcats are hungry, fish is part of its natural diet so that's what it looks for and eats. Leave it alone or put up some sort of safeguards up to keep it out of your fish or move. But don't harm the creature...or word will get around.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Zen Mocarski

This is a case of unintentional feeding. There was no intent to feed wildlife, but it is a food source. Self-help tips are provided, but Game and Fish does not have the resources to relocate every skunk, raccoon, bobcat, etc., unless the case involves potential disease issues or a threat to humans. The photo of this bobcat does appear to be normal size. Please visit Game and Fish Region 3 on Facebook by searching for AZGFD Kingman. You can submit questions through the site and use it as an educational tool.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: JIST me a walkin

i live next to foothills in downtown Kingman, neighbors with a pair of Foxes, coyotes, plenty of skunk, at least one ringtail, BOBCATS, 1 mountain lion sighting, deer (love my corn, sunflowers and pines, and the occasional burro.
I live on the edge of the desert, so do they.
if you dont want wild life, then move were there is none. and dont put food out for them. COY AND TURTLES ARE FOOD.!!!!!!!


Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: God Made a Mistake When He Made Man

Yea, urban sprawl should be outlawed. Man builds their little towns all over the place. Then they get old. So instead of replacing them they go to the suburbs. Then there's money to be made by buying cheap land so we leap frog out well beyond the center of our cities. Greedy developers and inconsiderate buyers of these homes push every bit of wilderness out.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Welcome to the jungle

Right, so let me get this straight. You move to the rural AZ desert, build a pond, fill it with tasty protein and then complain about native wildlife dropping in for a snack? You people never cease to amaze me.

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