The cat left two people scratched and bleeding before it was killed by police on a city street, The Arizona Republic reported Friday.
"This was a rabid animal," said Zen Mocarski of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. "You've seen the cartoon Tasmanian Devil? That's a bobcat with rabies."
The rabid bobcat spent Tuesday night frightening people in the town north of Phoenix, the newspaper said. Among other places, the big cat was spotted at a Pizza Hut restaurant parking lot.