Colorado Parks and Wildlife has issued a warning about leaving sporting equipment out when not in use after a bobcat became trapped in a soccer net in Colorado Springs.

The tweet goes on to explain that this bobcat was lucky that it was able to safely escape without injury. Many times when an animal gets caught in sporting equipment or other lawn items, the animal panics, often injuring or killing themselves as they try to escape.

This incident is another example of Colorado’s becoming more active following cold winter months. If you encounter wildlife in an urban environment, keep your distance. Despite wandering into cities, these animals should still be considered wild and could attack if they feel threatened.

After reading this piece, consider the items you’ve got in your yard and think about whether or not they pose a threat to animals that might pass through.

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