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13 "Chased by a Bobcat on Myrtle Street" by Sunshine Whited

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"I work nights and am off tonight, so I thought I'd take a stroll down by the bay about midnight with my dog and a flashlight. We just passed the cemetery when an animal popped out of the woods behind us. It chased us and was screaming a weird scream I'd never heard before. It only followed us about 20 or 30 feet. We made it to the bay and I called my husband who was out of town. I was scared to walk back home. He advised me to walk back home and put our dog on high alert. So I did as he said, she perked up and zipped from side to side, as far as the leash would go.

As we rounded the hill I could see it's eyes and it did that same weird scream. But this time it ran away and disappeared. It was too big to be a house cat and too small and moved to fast too be a dog. I immediately went home and looked up videos of cat screams. It sounded exactly like one of the bobcat screams on YouTube. I left a message for animal control and will not be doing any night time strolls anytime soon. I am also cooking my dog a big fat steak! Just wanted to let everyone know to be careful out there--especially at night."

13 comments:

said...

There is construction going on right there by the cemetery. As more land is developed, habitat for these animals is being destroyed and sighting them will become more common. It may have a den with cubs nearby and was making sure that you were not a threat.

said...

Yes, I agree with Margo. It's actually quite sad when you think about it. I have the same thoughts with the "Islands of Rockport" and how many animals those new subdivisions must be displacing. :(

said...

Cat may have cubs. Just a thought.

said...

I hope this animal is not harmed but is found and relocated to a more suitable environment.

said...

Agreed. Poor cat. I love how people think wild animals are invading OUR space, when we have largely invaded theirs.

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FYI, don't delude yourself about relocation of wild animals. It doesn't happen. They are euthanized if you call Animal Control or the State Wildlife. They can't be relocated because you cannot thrust a wild animal into an unknown location and expect it to fit in, so they are put down (murdered or killed, depending upon your point of view). It is our responsibility as trespassors on their territory to figure out how to live with them. Older generations did; we should be able to do it too. Long live the bobcat! I'm proud to post my name. Gayly Opem

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I agree that we should figure out how to co-exist with them. I love the fact that we are surrounded by such diverse wildlife. However I disagree about older generations doing so. They just shot animals they perceived as threats to themselves or their livestock, or in some cases just for the "sport" of it. Remember there used to be millions of buffalo here. That is why so many species are or were on the verge of extinction. Dave Gisriel

said...

Yes we have infringed upon the wild life far to long,pushing them off of there land,the way we did the American Indian and calling it progress.It's pathetic and I think we should be ashamed of ourselves!
Bobby Wilson
Electronics Disposal

said...

What would be your solution? Force Chamber of Commerce to quit trying to sell Rockport as a great place to visit and live. Quit letting new residents come in and build houses? Everyone live in high rise apartments to leave the land for the animals?

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No, actually there are communities which make it so that vacant houses and apartments have to be a _____percentage filled before new developments/houses can be built. Sometimes, it's about being responsible about our SHARED environmental resources!!

said...

If I could 'like' this comment, I would. If we don't take care of our resources and our environment together, there won't be much of a world to leave our children and grandchildren. It's a group effort fellow Texans!

said...

The chamber is made up of business people. their goal is to make, encourage business or if you will,bring money into the community for the purpose of making money for themselves, the business people. They are a lobbying organization. As a national lobby they give millions of dollars to elected officials to get laws passed to the benefit of business. now if the people of Rockport don't want our town to grow in size and end up living in a congested area, we the people need to make our views known. otherwise the chamber will be the people directing the future of the area. Question is do we as the residents of Rockport have the same goals as the Chamber.

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There were two recent articles about Bobcats in the Houston Chronicle. One article concerned the humane way that the situation was handled when a Bobcat was caught in a garage. Here is the link. Sherrill

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/heights-news/article/Bobcat-caught-in-downtown-Houston-garage-1718822.php



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