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Bobcat attacks dog in northwest Las Vegas

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One northwest Las Vegas neighborhood is setting traps for bobcats after one was seen attacking a dog early Wednesday morning.

The dog's owners told FOX5 they heard the fight around 4:30 a.m. and called police after spotting the animal in their backyard, near Tenaya Way and Elkhorn Road.

"Next thing I know there's eight or nine police officers jumping the fence… (holding) shotguns, and it looked to me like there's an animal control officer there and he had one of those nooses on a pole," said Artie White, who lives a few doors down from where the bobcat was seen.

Now neighbors with pets are on edge.

"We have two Maltese, they're inside most of the time, but we'll probably keep a closer eye on them," said John Allen who lives across the street from where the bobcat was seen.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife said it's seen an increase in bobcat sightings, mainly because of dry summers and an increase in urban vegetation and water sources.

"Those things attract little animals. Well (bobcats) eat little animals," said Doug Nielsen, Public Affairs Supervisor with the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife.

Although wildlife officials said it's rare, bobcats have also attacked humans.

In December 2007, Rangers at Death Valley National Park found victims in two separate occasions who had suffered scratches and bites on their hands, face and scalp.

In May 2009, two men in South Carolina were also attacked.

They were able to later kill the animal, which tested positive for rabies.

If you see one in your backyard, wildlife officials said there's an easy way to get rid of them.

"Grab a hose and spray it with water, it's not going to hurt them. Just leave the animal a way to get out, and it'll leave," Nielsen said.

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