Protecting your home and pets from bobcats in San Diego County

(KGTV) - Is that a cat or a bobcat?  You may notice the small predators in your backyard.

The DFW Wildlife Coalition says bobcats sightings are not very common because of their shy, solitary, reclusive nature.

When they do come out, it's usually to look for food. Their diet usually consists of small creatures such as squirrels, rabbits, and rats. Occasionally they'll attack dogs or cats that are left outdoors.

There are some steps you can take to protect your home from bobcats:

  • Clear any excess vegetation to remove secluded hiding spots.
  • Do not leave pet food or water outside when your pet is indoors.
  • Use noise and/or motion-activated deterrents to make a bobcat uncomfortable.
  • Install fencing at least six feet high with the bottom extending 6-12 inches below ground level. Add an angle at the top facing outward at 45 degrees, and 16 inches in width.

The DFW Wildlife Coalition has more tips on protecting your home and why bobcats play an important role in nature.

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