May 132015
 

This great video comes to me from a friend of a friend. This is such special footage that I had to share it with you all here on the pages of DFW Urban Wildlife. Jon Snow had this amazing wildlife encounter while riding the bike trails at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas. This park is well know for the number and frequency of Bobcat sightings that occur there. The Bobcats (and Coyotes too, apparently) living in this park have become very accustomed to the presence of people. For better or worse, they go about their daily business paying very little heed to the park’s human patrons. Enjoy the video!

I will close with a note of caution… The Coyotes and Bobcats at River Legacy Park can be very tolerant of people, but that does not mean they are tame. They should only be observed from a respectful distance, and they should not be approached, harassed, or fed. Taking too many liberties with habitualized wild animals usually leads to conflicts and problems. When these kinds of issues occur, the response by authorities almost always calls for the destruction of the animal. That is an outcome we should all strive to avoid, so that everyone can continue to enjoy the opportunity to observe the interesting wildlife living in this fantastic park.

  8 Responses to “Bobcat/Coyote Encounter at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas”

  1. Incredible! Also, nerves of steel for whomever was filming.

  2. Fantastic ! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow — that is a pretty incredible video. Amazing that the wildlife has become so accustomed to pedestrians there at River Legacy too!

  4. Crazy amazing!! What an experience! It is a little worrisome to me that the animals seem completely accustomed to humans – someone will try to pet them and freak out if they snap or worse. Still, I wish I had been there!

  5. kill the coyote….please

  6. You are supposed to haze coyotes when you see them. Treating them like loose dogs is only going to lead to their demise as they become increasingly brazen around people. Also, they seem to have the same “under stress” mannerisms as dogs: licking lips, smacking lips, very wide yawning and looking away. That’s not a sleepy, cute coyote it is a stressed out one, animals under stress can be unpredictable and dangerous.
    http://m.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/hazing_guidelines.html

  7. This is incredible. I guess this was on the mountain bike trail. Will surely visit this place and wish I get lucky.

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