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RICHARDSON (1080 KRLD) – Homeowners in Richardson’s Canyon Creek neighborhood are still dealing with regular bobcat presence, and they’re ready to sit down at try a new approach.

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A meeting next week will gather residents together and discuss ways of preventing bobcats from continuing to attack small dogs.

A Pomeranian was attacked last Friday by a bobcat when it was let outside without being leashed.

“That man told another neighbor to stay inside because he was going to be out hunting the bobcat with his handgun,” says Bonnie Bradshaw, president of 911 Wildlife. “Hunting in a residential area with a gun is much more dangerous than any bobcat.”

Bradshaw says that made her realize people needed to be informed of better ways to deal with the cats. She and Canyon Creek homeowners arranged the meeting, and Bradshaw herself will be the main presenter.

Several small dogs have been attacked and killed by bobcats in Canyon Creek since March. The city has trapped five of them since that time.

“Bobcat activity is a real ebb and flow,” says Bill Alsup, Richardson’s health director. “After March, the reports out of Canyon Creek decreased. Then last month, they seemed to start up again. We try and find a balance between trapping bobcats and teaching pet owners to be responsible.”

Bradshaw says trapping the cats has been a waste of time and tax dollars thus far, but that the city has done more than their share.

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“They were forced into trapping all these bobcats,” she says. “It’s really the neighbors who are at fault here. People still don’t realize that small dogs can’t be let outside unsupervised.”

One of the most effective ways to make bobcats move on is by making loud noises.

“If people would just act aggressively toward bobcats, they’d all move on,” says Bradshaw.

Canyon Creek’s neighborhood meeting takes place next week. Bradshaw and other homeowners will discuss ways of keeping small pets safe, as well as techniques for scaring bobcats away.

*Just last month, a homeowner captured video of two Bobcats fighting near his home.

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