Don't Say "Here, Kitty, Kitty" to Bobcats: Plano

Plano residents report multiple sightings

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:41 PM CDT
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Bobcat sightings in Plano have some residents on edge.

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Bobcat sightings in Plano have some residents on edge.

The latest reported sighting was at White Rock Park, near Huffman Elementary School in central Plano.

"You would never think there would be a bobcat in an area this populated," said Plano soccer coach Kat Webb.

She warned her 7-year-old and 8-year-old players after the bobcat was spotted in the park where they practice.

Not far away from the park, a bobcat mauled a Plano family's small dog almost two years ago.

"All of a sudden, I see Romeo in somebody's mouth," Tricia Toole said. "I thought it might be a coyote, but it was a bobcat."

But animal experts say bobcats rarely attack humans or dogs.

"I thought he was dead," Toole said. "I thought for sure he was dead."

After 200 stitches and $2,400, Romeo is doing well.

Bobcats are fairly common in the area, especially at this time of year. But many people in the neighborhood said it is unsettling to learn of multiple bobcat sightings.

"The UPS guy warned our neighbors that a bobcat was sitting on their porch, and it is coming at night to our front doors and our cars," said Plano resident Gretchen Raiff.

Toole said her neighbors should heed any and all warnings from Plano Animal Services.

"You just can't let your animals out alone," she said. "You have to accompany them."

While bobcats are generally afraid of humans, some parents said they aren't taking any chances.

"We have told the kids if they see it, don't approach it. Come straight in and let us know," said Raiff, a mother of three.


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