Bobcat sightings in the Borderland are probably more common than you think. But it does seem like there has been an increase in sightings recently.

One of the more recent sightings was a Facebook post about a bobcat seen near the river, just west of Sunland Park by Frontera.

If you happen to encounter a bobcat, Texas Parks and Wildlife wants to make sure you know what to do. Game Warden Ryan Svehla says:

They're more or less nocturnal, they usually come out around the evening times.

Adding:

As far as a human threat they're not really that dangerous to us. They're not actually looking out to hunt a human.

Attacks by bobcats on humans are rare, but not unheard of. A bobcat is likely to attack if it feels threaten. However, the more active an area is, the less likely it is a bobcat will show up. It's recommended to leave pets indoors and not keep food outside.

Also, if you do happen to encounter a bobcat, do not go near it because that might make it feel threatened. But, and this is a big but, don't run away because that might trigger the bobcat to chase.

If it's a populated area where you encounter a bobcat, remove yourself from the vicinity of the bobcat as calmly as possible, and contact animal control immediately.