Are bobcats known to enter homes or yards?
Extremely territorial animals, bobcats typically only venture onto private property if residences appear within their native range. Additionally, yards featuring abundant prey, shelter, and access to water attract the large cat. Bobcats most likely wouldn't enter homes unless confused or trapped involuntarily. Since they are particularly shy, bobcats will not attack unless cornered and usually run away instead of engaging with humans.
Do bobcats harm people or property?
Bobcats were once believed to kill large amounts of livestock and hunted to near extermination in several areas. While they usually prefer to capture prey in the wild, bobcats will occasionally target animals in captivity, like small pets or chickens. Still, these attacks tend to occur when other food sources are not available or if bobcats have especially easy access to domesticated animals and livestock. Bobcats rarely kill out of aggression.
Control and Safety
Property owners can employ exclusion methods to reduce the possibility of bobcats wandering onto yards. Erecting fences can be helpful, but bobcats are excellent jumpers. If they are truly motivated or enticed, bobcats can easily scale fences of considerable height. Keep pets and pet food inside the home or in secured, covered coops to discourage bobcat interaction. If a bobcat gets aggressive with little prompting and seems ready to attack, it could have rabies or be protecting nearby young.
Trapping and Removal
Attempting to trap and remove bobcats without professional assistance can be dangerous. Contacting a trained wildlife professional ensures that both the people and animals involved remain safe. Critter Control specialists have the knowledge, tools, and experience to remove bobcats safely, humanely, and take measures to prevent them from returning.
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