Bobcat, coyote sightings put Oklahoma City neighborhood on alert

A northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood is alarmed by some unwanted visitors after a bobcat and a coyote were spotted roaming their neighborhood. The Fenwick neighborhood homeowners association sent out a warning to residents, telling them to keep a close eye on their small pets and children. The hope is that the animals will just pass through. >> Download the KOCO 5 App “My dogs are small. They eat easily,” said Pete Kinzer, who lives in the neighborhood. Kinzer said he was a little surprised that the homeowners association sent out the alert. But the wild animals made him watch over his little ones. “I have a 9-year-old daughter and a couple of grandkids coming over. We’re walking and out in the ponds,” Kinzer said. Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation says there isn’t much residents can do to prevent exotic wildlife from entering urban areas. But there are things people can do to keep them from creeping up close to their homes. They say their best advice to homeowners is to keep any trash in a closed container and not feed pets outside. “Usually, they’re not going to be aggressive, and they’ll run when they see you,” said Don Brown of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation. Get the latest news of interest by clicking here. As long as Oklahomans keep their distance, experts say the animals probably won’t bother them. “These animals are just as afraid of people as some people are of them,” Brown said. That’s also something Kinzer says is important to remember. “We share the world with them. We have to learn how to live with them. There are also reports of bobcats in the immediate neighborhood. Wildlife Conservation says they don’t respond to urban wildlife reports. area, and neighbors must hire private trappers if they want to get rid of these animals. Top Headlines Ryan Walters announces rule to block Oklahoma school districts from directing resources to DEI programs Hundreds of families in Oklahoma County could be evicted just days before Christmas Video: How a Home Depot employee went out of his way to make customers feel like family Video: Lost wallet theater found after 65 years Facing eviction, Oklahoma County residents fear for families days before Christmas

A northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood is alarmed by some unwanted visitors after a bobcat and a coyote were spotted roaming their neighborhood.

The Fenwick neighborhood homeowners association sent out a warning to residents, telling them to keep a close eye on their small pets and children. The hope is that the animals will just pass through.

>> Download the KOCO 5 App

“My dogs are small. They eat easily,” said Pete Kinzer, who lives in the neighborhood.

Kinzer said he was a little surprised that the homeowners association sent out the alert. But the wild animals made him watch over his little ones.

“I have a 9-year-old daughter and a couple of grandkids coming over. We’re walking and out in the ponds,” Kinzer said.

Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation says there isn’t much residents can do to prevent exotic wildlife from entering urban areas. But there are things people can do to keep them from creeping up close to their homes.

They say their best advice to homeowners is to keep any trash in a closed container and not feed pets outside.

“Usually, they’re not going to be aggressive, and they’ll run when they see you,” said Don Brown of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation.

Get the latest news of interest by clicking here.

As long as Oklahomans keep their distance, experts say the animals probably won’t bother them.

“These animals are just as afraid of people as some people are of them,” Brown said.

That’s also something Kinzer says is important to remember.

“We share the world with them. We have to learn how to live with them.

There were also reports of a bobcat in the immediate neighborhood. Wildlife Conservation says they don’t respond to reports of wildlife in urban areas, and neighbors should hire private trappers if they want to get rid of these animals.


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