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Plano woman on edge after bobcat moves into yard

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An elderly woman in Plano says she's been living in fear ever since a bobcat had a litter of kittens near her yard, and they just won’t go away.

But wildlife experts are saying there is nothing to be afraid of, and that folks shouldn't be shocked if they start seeing more around their neighborhoods.

Mary Forrest says her backyard is no longer hers since a bobcat moved in.

“I thought it was a dog,” said Forrest. “It's as big as a dog.”

Cell phone video from inside the house-captured the bobcat wandering through her yard several times. Forrest was surprised to see that it had given birth to three kittens.

The kittens are about…they are growing very fast; they are about the size of a Siamese cat,” said Forrest.

But the more kittens, the more fearful Forrest is.

We have children here in our neighborhood, and that's my concern,” she said.

As scary as it may seem for some to see a bobcat in their yard, wildlife experts say their presence is actually becoming the new norm.

They find more food in a residential neighborhood than they do out in a rural area,” said Bonnie Bradshaw from 911 Wildlife.

Bradshaw says the cats will nest anywhere that's quiet, like below decks and anywhere near rabbits, squirrels and birdfeeders.

Bradshaw says removing the bobcats is just a waste of time.

“As long as the den site is still here, trapping and removing bobcats is like digging in sand,” said Bradshaw.

Instead, Bradshaw says to let the cat know who the boss is.

Clap your hands to shout at it, pick up a stick, pick up a rock,” said Bradshaw. “That's going to establish that this is not a safe place for her and her kittens.”


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