City of Plano Animal Services - Urban Wildlife

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcats and Coyotes Sightings in Plano

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at risk.

• If a pet is small enough for a bobcat to consider it a meal, it’s also small enough to be a meal for some of the owls, hawks and eagles that live in this area. Always be vigilant to protect tiny pets.

• Bobcats are more commonly seen during the day in the colder months because the animals they hunt are more active during the day due to the cold nights.

• Studies have shown that bobcats trapped and relocated typically die within two weeks after being relocated – some people may mistakenly fear them but very few want them all dead.

• The best course of action to take when a bobcat is seen is to scare them off by yelling, throwing a small rock at them, spraying them with a high-powered squirt gun or hose, or otherwise making them feel uncomfortable so they learn that people are to be avoided.

• The City of Plano has noticed an increase in wildlife activity and sightings during the winter mating season. Our priority is public safety. We will immediately begin humane trapping for cases where certain wildlife are living in or creating a den at a residence.

• Practice the best prevention toward keeping your pets safe: stay with your pets at all times while outdoors, remove outdoor food and water sources and eliminate any potential den sites.

We want to keep our citizens and pets safe. If you have more questions, please contact Animal Services at 972-769-4360 or planoanimalshelter@plano.gov.

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