If you see a Bobcat or Coyote, here’s what to do
What should North Texas residents do if they encounter a bobcat or coyote? The City of Plano has some tips.
“Sightings of bobcats and coyotes are not unusual,” Plano media relations manager Steve Stoler said in a statement. recent video tweet. “While seeing one may be a little startling, it’s important to know that these animals have never attacked a single person in Plano’s history.”
According to Stoler, the best prevention for keeping your pets safe includes tips like staying with them outside at all times, leashing them when walking them (while being mindful of your surroundings), removing the outdoor food and water sources. and get rid of all possible den stains.
Bobcats, Stoler points out, only hunt animals the size of rabbits or smaller. Coyotes, however, will hunt larger prey, but pose no threat to healthy adults. Children, he continues, should be taught never to approach or interact with an unfamiliar animal.
“The best course of action for adults when they see a bobcat or coyote is to scare them away by shouting, throwing a small rock at them, spraying them with a water gun or strong hose, or putting them uncomfortable for them to learn people should be avoided,” Stoler says, adding, “Our priority is to keep you and your pets safe.
Earlier this spring 2022 in Dallas, a 2-year-old boy who was sitting on his porch was attacked by a coyote. The animal disappeared into the woods, but after a search the coyote was shot. “I’ve been doing this for about 20 years now, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said urban biologist Brett Johnson. The Dallas Morning News.
In case you missed it, check out Local Profileprevious cover to keep your dog safe from bobcat attacks.