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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: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: dolan springs

I'd be encouraging more bobcats. They make quick work of mice, rats and other vermin. Count yourself blessed to have seen this cat! It may make an appearance for a camera, but as soon as it felt a human was the area, it would have made itself VERY scarce.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bobcats here, too

YOU chose to live on the outskirts of the desert- and Bobcats and Coyotes are part of the desert. We live in the same area and we regularly see two bobcats- much to our delight. They prefer staying away from people so if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. Just guard your cats and small dogs or they will be gone- even in a fenced yard. Bobcats are unbelievably beautiful- just enjoy them and leave them alone.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: MOVE to the CITY

Move to the city if you don't want wildlife near your home. LEAVE them alone!

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: desert dweller

I don't for one minute think that bobcat is a threat to children in the neighborhood...all the years I have been out hunting, hiking, in the woods, I have only seen one that I can remember..they will disappear when people come and let live!

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bebe Jones

Why do people move into wilderness areas if they don't want wildlife around? Leave the animals alone or move into the city.

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