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Early Spring Bringing Bobcats Into Frisco Subdivision

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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Kimberly Alexander had just started her car when she noticed something out of the corner of her eye, “It was big!  He was hovering above my bushes.”

The Frisco mother immediately stopped and grabbed her camera.  “I was shaking at that point,” says Alexander who lives in The Lakes neighborhood. “I wasn’t going to get out of my car because it was big!”

Alexander quickly started recording video of the bobcat strolling through her front yard.

“That cat had not a care in the world.  He walked by, stopped, sat down and looked around.  Even on the video you can hear the ducks and birds it was a beautiful morning and it was like I was intruding on him,” describes Alexander.

The bobcat jumped the fence to her backyard.

Alexander worried about her kids, who were on Spring Break, and immediately called animal control.

She was told by animal control that there wasn’t much they could do and took their advice:  if you have a dog bigger than the bobcat then send the dog out there to scare him.

The family’s mastiff chased the bobcat out of the backyard.

“We get a lot of calls,” says Greg Carr with the City of Frisco Code Enforcement and Animal Control “We don’t kill them. We will trap a bobcat and relocate it. If one is injured we will take it to a rescuer and they will release it in the wild.”

Carr says the early and warmer spring has brought out a lot of bobcats and coyotes.  He says he doesn’t know of any attacks in the area, but it’s always smart to be cautious.

Carr says if you do come across a bobcat be noisy so the animal knows they are in your territory.  Waving a stick or banging pots and pans are a good way he says to create a disturbance.  He also says spray some perfume in the area because that usually keeps them moving.  And He says don’t turn around and run that can trigger an attack.

To report a sighting, you can call the DFW Wildlife Coalition hotline at (972) 234-WILD, your city’s animal control or the Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service at (817) 978-3146.

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