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Man questions safety after capturing family of bobcats on camera in Plano

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PLANO, Texas -

A new family has moved into an unusual spot in a Plano neighborhood -- they're living in the storm drain.

It's a family of bobcats, and their human neighbors recently captured incredible video of the mom and her three cubs.

Tiran Raz was in the car with his two young children when he captured the elusive bobcats on his cell phone. First the cubs appear, and then finally, from the storm drain, Mom appears.

The family of four was out in broad daylight and took off on a leisurely stroll.

The whole thing unfolded about 20 yards from Raz's front door.

"I was so surprised," he said. "It was so beautiful, but on the other hand, if the kids were here with the dog, I don't know what would happen."

Raz says over the last few years, he's noticed evidence of bobcats near his home in the 8400 block of Brooksby Drive, and called Plano Animal Control.

Animal control officials say they field a fair amount of calls about bobcats, but it's against their policy to capture and relocate them because of a high likelihood the cats will die in the first couple of weeks in new surroundings.

A bobcat was spotted in central Plano in August just north of Raz's neighborhood, and in February, two male bobcats were caught on video in Carrollton hissing, growling and squabbling over territory at the start of mating season, according to a wildlife specialist.

Plano Animal Control says the animals are not a threat to humans or children.

"We were all shocked," said Raz. "I mean, it was like a lion."

But Raz is still concerned for his 8-month-old Chihuahua, Peanut, and his kids. He's decided the kids won't be walking the dog alone at night.


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