Neighborhood Life in the Urban Jungle: Grapevine Boy Bitten by Coyote Outside of Movie Theater

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These are the coyotes I have seen numerous times across the street, usually upon my arrival home in our Hillcrest Estates/Preston Hollow-ish neighborhood. My neighbor snapped these pics just last week. According to what wildlife experts are telling her, they may be responsible for the killing of a 25 lb dog in our neighborhood — NOT the big bobcat another neighbor tracked.

My story on the bobcat sighting brought a KXAS-TV crew out today to check out the wildlife and contacted a wildlife expert for advice on our concerns. The expert, Bonnie Bradshaw of Wildlife 911, says Bobcats are not usually dog or cat killers — squirrels, rats and rabbits, yes; dogs and kitties, no.

Stealth Coyote
Bradshaw also says that to keep the Bobcats (and coyotes) away, just make a lot of noise. Oh and they are thriving in every neighborhood in Dallas, not just Hillcrest Estates or Preston Hollow. Unlike folks in the country,  we aren’t killing them, and they know it:

Most urban bobcats weigh no more than 25 pounds and hunt rabbit, rats and squirrels, according to Bradshaw. They live in urban environments rather the rural ones because cities tend to have a good food supply.

“The main reason we see so many coyotes and bobcats in broad daylight in the city is because they are very intelligent animals and they’ve learned in the city there are no consequences,” Bradshaw said, “in a rural area, if a bobcat or coyote shows itself around people – it gets shot, it gets eliminated from the gene pool – but coyotes and bobcats in the city have learned that people are no threat. They show themselves in the middle of the day and all that happens is they get their picture taken.”

The bobcat my neighbor caught on film is impressive, but I bet it’s the coyotes who are killing our pets. KXAS also reports that a coyote has bitten a teenager in a Grapevine movie theater parking lot. The 15 year old boy who was bitten says the coyote came out of the bushes behind the theater and came at him. He threw his shoe at the creature to scare it off, but it came back and bit his toes. The boy is undergoing medical treatment and taking antibiotics.

This is very concerning, but most wildlife experts say it is very, very unusual for coyotes to attack humans.

Preston Creek Estates bobcat
Preston Creek Estates

But with more of them out there, and in packs, you have to wonder… are they just getting more brazen?

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Pilgrim says

    I’ve seen coyotes early in the morning (4-5 a.m.) at the Preston-Northwest Hwy. intersection. Acquaintances who bike early in the morning around White Rock Lake have had troubles with coyotes chasing them and nipping at their heels.

    I also have seen them in the country, mid-day, out on our North Texas ranch. It is a bit disconcerting to have a 5 minute stare-down with a coyote….whom by the way….look much bigger when up close and personal!

  2. A Lucas says

    We are more and more encroaching on the territory of wildlife – i.e. the Grapevine movie theatre. Coyotes and bobcats are incredibly skittish, as the wildlife expert says, and to have one bite a human is unusual. tr,
    As the summer temperature rises, these animals come close to the food and water left out for pets.
    Please be careful and leave them alone.

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