Game Warden speaks on bobcat found near middle school in Odessa

Game Warden speaks on bobcat found near middle school in Odessa

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A scary moment for Bowie Middle School in Odessa, a bobcat was spotted on their campus.

The animal was tranquilized twice after trying to attack an animal control officer and died.

"Our intent was not to kill the bobcat. The intent was to subdue the threat and relocate it," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur of the Odessa Police Department.

Police say they have had bobcat sightings in the past, mainly on the outskirts of town.

"It's not uncommon for them to come into the city limits, especially kind of on the outline areas, especially near Commanche Trail Park and other areas like that," said LeSueur.

"If you do see it in the daytime, like this one was, chances are, it could be rabid," said Midland County Game Warden Patrick Merriman.

Merriman says although bobcats don't typically attack humans, they aren't anything to mess with.

"They can pose a threat to small pets," said Merriman. "They are a predatory animal. If they are hungry enough, they will try to go for it."

Merriman says hunger can bring the bobcats into city limits.

"We are in their territory. We came in and moved into where their habitat is. They very well could be eating the cat food people lay out behind their houses. Food like that, they get attracted to it. Trash that is out, they get attracted to it," said Merriman.

You can spot a bobcat by it's tail.

"The bob tail, It's a real short tail. It's going to be about 3 inches long," said Merriman.

Bobcats also have extra fur on their ears and around their face.

If you do spot one, stay away from it and call your local game warden or animal control.

"Contact us. We will take care of it and get it to a new place," said Merriman.

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