What to do if you see a bobcat? Experts say there’s no reason to panic – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
As summer marks the middle of bobcat breeding season, nonprofit animal rescue service Wylie said he regularly receives calls from people wondering what to do about their bobcat. of area.
In-Sync Exotics, a big cat sanctuary, said there is no need to panic if you spot a bobcat. In fact, they say the best thing to do if you find a bobcat is to leave it alone.
“The good news is bobcats are the best pest control you could ever hope for! »In-Sync said in a newsletter email. “They don’t want to bother us and aren’t just waiting to prey on children or pets – they would much prefer that we didn’t even know they were there.”
But, if you want bobcats to stay out of your backyard, In-Sync recommends a few steps to keep your backyard lynx free.
- Don’t leave your pet’s food out
- Pull in the bird feeder
- Do not leave garbage in the outdoor garbage cans
- Leave a radio on to a talk radio station, set up motion-sensing sprinklers, or make noise whenever you see them to encourage the bobcat mother to move her kittens to another location
If you already have a bobcat problem, according to In-Sync Exotics, trapping the mother and kittens, or both, is not the best solution for moving bobcats.
“If you trap and remove the kittens, the distraught mother will go back into heat and there will be another litter,” In-Sync said. “If you take the mother away, the kittens will die. And in the case of removing the mother only or the whole family, it will leave a vacancy for another mother and her young. “
The DFW Wildlife Coalition also advises against trapping wildlife in your neighborhood and has instead said eviction is the easiest solution.
Their recommended eviction process helps the family stay intact and stop the spread of the disease. Often times, finding the den is enough for parents to move the family, the DFW Wildlife Coalition said, and once you’ve discovered the den, there are a few steps you can take to speed up moving day.
The expulsion is expected to be deployed at dusk.
- On the first day at dusk, leave the lights on in the yard.
- Add a portable radio to a 24 hour station near the den.
- Place apple cider vinegar on rags around the opening of the den.
- Turn off the deterrents on the morning of the second day. If you are not sure the family has moved, repeat the Twilight Deterrence.
- On the morning of the third day, seal the entrance to the den with newspaper, a plastic garbage bag taped to the edges, or another barrier that can be easily removed by the animals if they are still in the den.
- Then, if the opening is still sealed after 24 hours, which means no animal is using the den, place a permanent repair on the den to make sure another animal will not occupy the abandoned den.
If the eviction doesn’t work or you have a separate pressing issue, you can call the DFW Wildlife Coalition at 972-234-9453. People are also encouraged to call if you suspect a mother has left a baby after the deportation process.
You can also read more about various frequently asked questions about bobcats here, as well as general tips for discouraging wildlife in your garden.