Meredith Yeomans

Bobcat Attacks Put Richardson Neighborhood On Edge

Pet owners in Richardson are on alert after another dog was attacked by a bobcat.

There have been numerous bobcat sightings in the Canyon Creek neighborhood in recent months.

Several animals have reportedly been attacked, including Frances SoRelle's dog on June 3.

"I'm frustrated, but I'm just as angry as I am frustrated because my little dog did not deserve to die," SoRelle said.

SoRelle said she watched a bobcat run out of the bushes in her backyard and snatch her beloved dog, Leo.

It happened in a matter of seconds.

"I can't get over the vision of him going over the fence. It was a ghastly experience," she said.

Leo spent a week at the vet before SoRelle made the tough decision to put him down.

The latest in a string of bobcat attacks is why SoRelle and about a dozen pet-owners attended a neighborhood meeting Tuesday.

Bonnie Bradshaw, with 911 Wildlife, said the bobcats have always been in the neighborhood.

"As long as there are squirrels and rabbits and rats, there will be bobcats," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the animals are becoming more comfortable.

"When a bobcat shows its face in somebody's backyard, we pull out a camera and take pictures," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the key is showing the animal who's boss but by acting like the dominant animal: clapping your hands or by squirting the bobcat with a water gun.

Bradshaw said bird feeders are a magnet for bobcats.

For SoRelle, the lesson is too little, too late.

"I'll think about him for the rest of my life," she said.

Her only hope now is that sharing what happened to Leo prevents others from suffering through the same pain.

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