Drought Driving Animals Closer To Homes
EL PASO — A resident called 911 Monday when she saw a bobcat outside the window of her West El Paso home. Animal Control Officers and Sheriff's Deputies were not able to locate the large cat. Cesar Mendez with the Franklin Mountains State Park says such encounters may become more common. It's not only a lack of water in a drought, but the scarcity of water can also lead to fewer food sources up the food chain. Animals will likely continue to encroach on neighborhoods in search of food. Many times that food will be found in dumpsters or in trash cans late at night, since most desert animals are nocturnal.
While it is unusual to see an animal like a bobcat during the daytime, it's not unheard of. Extreme hunger or thirst may force higher levels of activity for survival. Food sources for predators could even include pets. Making sure the area around your home is free of food sources for wild animals may help to keep animals like bobcats from darkening your doorstep.