It’s now mating season for both coyotes and bobcats, so area residents may see an increase in sightings of the animals over the next few months, as they are part of the natural habitat of North Texas. Bobcats and coyotes rarely pose a threat to people, but domesticated pets such as small dogs and cats could be at risk if left alone or taken off their leash near natural areas. If pets must be kept outdoors, keep in mind that bobcats can climb trees and fences and can also jump up to 12 feet, and coyotes can jump over a five-foot fence.
Note that Richardson Animal Services staff only traps wildlife that are acting abnormally aggressive and/or are ill and at high risk of having/spreading rabies (such as skunks and raccoons).
Visit the Animal Services website for more steps to keep predators at a distance.