Welcome to Realblog Week! The Realblog features crazy, interesting and unique outdoor-related stories and events that often make you question everything you know about wildlife and the outdoors. I typically post the Realblog twice a week, but this week, I'm bringing you the best from the Realblog every day! We'll start off Realblog Week with the most popular Realtree blog post of 2016. This piece is a reminder that your pets aren't always safe, even in your own backyard.
When one of David Dinsmore's two Yorkies went missing from his backyard in Richardson, Texas, he decided to check his security camera for answers. What he saw in the video shocked him. It wasn't a thief who got his dog, Dakota, but a bobcat.
Footage shows a bobcat leaping off his backyard fence and attacking and killing his dog. The bobcat then took the dog's carcass out of the yard. Had it not been for that video footage, Dinsmore would have never known of the bobcat's attack.
Dinsmore is now afraid to let his other dog, Denali, out of the house.
"At this point, I can't take my dog out in my backyard unless I have her on a leash," Dinsmore said. "So, there's no way I can let her out now until we get this problem solved. I'm being held hostage in my own backyard."
Richardson Animal Control has set out some traps and have caught one bobcat.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.