Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Texas bobcat loses paw in trap

Injured bobcat prompts Frisco officials to warn against animal traps

02:22 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

By SARAH PERRY / The Dallas Morning News

Frisco officials are reminding residents it is illegal to trap wild animals after a bobcat was found with a missing paw this weekend.

Dispatchers were notified about 9 a.m. Sunday that a bobcat was wandering in the 4100 block of Freedom Lane, said Mike Hansen, a Frisco senior animal control officer. The animal had likely been caught in a "claw-type" trap was missing its back paw.

Animal control officers captured the cat which was taken to the Outdoor Learning Center in Plano and later transferred to the Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch in Terrell.

Hansen said traps are dangerous because pets and people can be caught in them.

"There's no way to set it (the trap) for one specific species," he said today.

To ensure wild animals such as bobcats and coyotes don't prowl around homes, people should take away the animals' food source and shelter area, Hansen said. Residents should remove any food pet food or birdseed from their yards and keep shrubs trimmed and neat.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/032509dnmetfrisco.6867db70.html

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