White Rock area resident Kurt Neale was walking the trails Sunday afternoon, when he spotted a bobcat in his path.
“She did not seem nervous, perhaps a bit annoyed that I was on her trail,” he says. “I’d say that she was twice as big as a large house cat. She actually looked pretty scraggly, not sure she was all that healthy.”
He made these photos on the fly as the big cat slinked into the trees.
Bobcats have become more common each year in the North Texas area. According to a multi-year study from Texas Parks and Wildlife, there are approximately 43 bobcats living in a 50-mile stretch of Dallas-Fort Worth. The department’s biologist Richard Heilbrun says as long as we have natural woodsy areas, they will likely continue to live among us. Here’s more on that study and bobcat behavior in this Texas Parks article.
As for our human friend who sent the photos, turns out we published a magazine story a few years ago about a movie, Ask, Neale had just completed, a documentary film focused on addiction and co-dependency. Neale says he’s working on another film about another tough subject: about anxiety, depression, hope and love, he tells us. Here is his page. He’s a good one to keep an eye on.