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Coyote and Bobcat breeding season is here. These animals are present throughout the City year-round but are most visible from January through March. It is common to see Coyotes and Bobcats on private property and wandering down residential streets during this time, but there has never been a confirmed attack on a human in the City of Bedford. Bedford Animal Services adheres to the recommendations set forth by Texas Parks and Wildlife while dealing with urban Coyotes and Bobcats. These recommendations include deterring wildlife from private property by making loud noises and throwing objects near the animal without the intent to harm. However, the best way to prevent wildlife on one's property is to eliminate their food source. Urban Coyotes and Bobcats seek out pet food left outside overnight and trash not secured in a barrel. Urban wildlife biologists with Texas Parks and Wildlife advise that trapping and relocating proves ineffective with the animals, and encourages deterrent methods. Bedford Animal Services also wants to remind residents that adhering to city ordinances such as walking dogs on a leash and keeping cats indoors, ensures pet safety. For more information, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/nuisance/coyote/.