More bobcats spotted near downtown Dallas




Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 21 at 7:18 PM

DALLAS — For the second time in two days, Dallas police got the call Tuesday night: Big cats on the loose in downtown Dallas.

They did not find any, but Brian Tindle — who called 911 —said he saw three and perhaps as many as six late Tuesday night.

“I was just driving by. The white light of my headlights hit the first bobcat, and he bolted by right here," Tindle said, pointing out the feline's tracks off Riverfront Boulevard in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers.

Tindle, who is a photographer, said two smaller cats followed the first 30-pounder.  “I looked across the field and saw three more sets of eyes looking at me,” he said.

On Monday, it was DART light rail passengers who thought they say tigers on Houston Street, near Union Station — something that had riders a bit concerned.

But experts say people have little to fear from wild bobcats, because other large animals scare them. They are hunting for small game like rats, mice and birds — the kind of wildlife that's abundant downtown.

“They don’t attack people,” said Kathy Milacek of the DFW Wildlife Coalition. “We have not had any reports of any aggression of bobcats towards people.”

So why are they roaming downtown? Possibly because construction is disturbing their homes. In the same place Brian Tindle saw those big cats on Tuesday night, dump trucks were seen working the next day.