Woman walking her dog spots a bobcat in her Plano neighborhood

Dawn Sun uploaded a picture of the bobcat — carrying a squirrel in its mouth — to Reddit.

A Plano resident spotted a bobcat walking through her neighborhood with a squirrel dangling from its mouth this week.

Dawn Sun was walking her dog Tuesday morning in her north Plano neighborhood, near State Highway 121 and Independence Parkway, when she saw the bobcat crossing the street. As soon she saw the critter, Sun picked up her Chihuahua to protect it.

Bobcat is seen crossing the street
(Dawn Sun)

She later uploaded a picture of her sighting on Reddit, where it has received scores of responses — the most popular of which reads: “Awww, bobcat is making sure the squirrel makes it across the street safely.”

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Sun said she did not call Plano Animal Services to report the bobcat.


Bobcat and coyote sightings are not unusual for the area, especially during winter mating season when they are more commonly seen in the daytime as they hunt for prey. In August, a man captured a video of a clutter of bobcats — a mother and three kittens — at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano.

Last November, Frisco residents spotted at least 26 coyotes and six bobcats. Over the last 30 days, Frisco residents have reported at least 36 bobcat and coyote sightings, according to the city’s animal sighting map.

The animals generally do not pose a threat to people. They have not attacked anyone in the Plano’s history, but a coyote in Dallas attacked a toddler this spring.


Bobcats and coyotes can attack pets, and the best way to keep them safe is by staying with them and putting them on a leash while outdoors. Bobcats typically do not hunt pets bigger than a rabbit; however, coyotes may attack larger pets.