During the fall, bobcats return to the McKinney area to prey and their most recent hunting grounds have been in the western area of the city. This is because, as the weather cools, bobcats work to stake their territory.

Education is Key
According to Bonnie Bradshaw, who leads 911 Wildlife, an organization that educates people on how to handle the invasion of an urban area by a predator, there has never been a documented case of a bobcat attacking a human being in the history of the country. Bobcats prey on small animals, birds and rodents. They find their way into areas inhabited by humans through storm drains that empty into local creeks. To avoid summer heat, bobcats often hide under decks and sheds, but as the weather cools, they begin to appear in yards and woods.

Fertile Hunting Grounds
Because food is often plentiful in suburbs, larger offspring often are found with their mother in the fall. The area surrounding McKinney is home to a large number of bobcats, according to experts. Officials are unsure how many bobcats are in the area, but Texas Parks and Wildlife has placed radio collars on approximately 15 of them in order to determine how far their territory reaches.

Small Pets in Danger
Although bobcats pose little threat to humans, small pets may become prey for one of the wild cats. Experts say that if a bobcat is sighted, it is not recommended that people take photos of them. When bobcats venture into open areas, they are often shot or captured so the flash of a camera may cause them to feel the need to demonstrate their desire to be the alpha animal. At one time, parks employees trapped the bobcats, but this actually increased their numbers.

House Damage
Wildlife, including bobcats, may cause problems with your HVAC system as well. Animals can infiltrate air ducts, creating holes that can allow air to escape your home. In addition, wildlife can sometimes crawl into an outside condenser in an effort to keep warm. When the fan is turned back on, not only can the animal be injured severely, it can cause damage to your unit as well. Even worse, if a wild animal gets into your HVAC system and dies, the smell can permeate your entire home. The odor can be very difficult to eliminate and may require replacement of a significant amount of your ductwork or your outdoor unit.

Protect your HVAC system by cleaning the area around your condenser daily and using pet repellant made of scents that animals try to avoid. If a wild animal has damaged your duct work or HVAC system, contact AAA Air in order to get your system back up and running as quickly as possible. They can identify the problem and provide the steps you need to follow to repair the damage caused by the wild animals. Keep your HVAC system operating efficiently and smoothly by contacting AAA Air today.

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