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Bastrop family discovers bobcats on porch

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The Adams family in Bastrop recently had a close encounter with two bobcats that found their way onto their porch.

They'd heard rumors.

"Everyone's been talking about it, never thought it was true," said Tim Adams.

The Adams family never gave them much thought.

Donna Adams said, "They're bigger and little more scary then I expected."

"I remember the time, the exact time," said eight year-old Brycen.

Donna asked, "The exact time was?"

Brycen replied, "9:05 am."

Tim said, "It was 9:05 saturday morning."

FOX 7 asked, "How do you know the exact time?"

Tim replied, "'Cause he's like that."

Truth be told, Mitten, the family cat, was the first to notice the two bobcats on the front porch.

"She was acting a little bit strange," said Donna. "First thought was a little bit of panic. It's like, wow, what do we do?"

 

Donna and Tim say their kids, Brycen, Braydon and Bri play outside all the time.

"We definitely check before we go outside now and they're very aware," added Donna.

Brycen said, "Stop, back up, stare it in the eyes and when you're really close to the door, run, open it, shut it."

"They shouldn't be a threat to small children. They'll keep their distance," said Meredith Longoria with Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The same can't be said for any nearby rabbits, rodents or birds.

Donna added, "My father lives next door and he's been losing guineau fowl. They've been disappearing...Some were cooped up and some brood up in the trees and they've seen remains under the trees."

"It's not exceedingly normal," said Longoria. She says bobcats are not a protected species.

Longoria added, "Landowners can take matters into their own hands with trapping or hunting. You have to have a hunting license to be able to shoot them."

It's not illegal to have one as a pet.

"They're wild. They're a wild animal and it's never a good idea to have a wild animal as a pet," said Longoria.

The myths are true, but Mitten is all the cat this family can handle.

If you see bobcats on your property, the best advice is to give them their space and eventually they'll move on. Neither Texas Parks and Wildife or animal control provide trapping services.

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