A Corpus Christi resident got a little surprise when taking a walk yesterday on the south side of town.
Marilyn Arellano said she was walking on Dunbarton Oak Drive, behind the Wal Mart on Saratoga, when she spotted a bobcat lurking through the brush of a fenced-off lot just after 7 p.m. Thursday.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, bobcats can be found throughout the state and are abundant in the South Texas brush country. However, these animals are normally very secretive. "The bobcat’s shy nature and the fact that they are most active at night keeps them from being seen by most people," the website says.
Captain Martin Tamez with Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed the animal is a bobcat and said it is relatively uncommon to see them during the day, but not unheard of. Tamez said during drought situations, prey will move around and look for water. Coyotes, bobcats and other wildlife will move around more in search of that prey.
When asked if she was scared when she stopped to video the cat, without missing a beat, Marilyn said "no," but wants to warn residents in the area who may be walking during the evening hours with small children.
"If you see one, as with any wildlife, stay clear of it," Tamez said. "If it exhibits no fear of humans and acts unusual, call us or call Animal Control just for the possibility of rabies," Tamez said.
If you see any wildlife around town, you can call the local Texas Parks and Wildlife office at 361-289-5566.