Ringtail and bobcat and armadillo — oh my! Guest list at Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge continues to grow


The catlike nocturnal mammal, typically known as a ringtail cat, is a part of the raccoon household. It was grabbing a chew to eat when one of many San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s hidden sport cameras caught a snapshot.

As of this previous summer time, the Parks and Recreation Department had documented 4 species of wildlife utilizing the land bridge: Virginia opossum, cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer and coyote. Now, the ringtail sits alongside a number of different new additions: the Rock squirrel, fox squirrel, rat, raccoon, armadillo, bobcat, grey fox and axis deer.

The division has been preserving tabs on the animals as a part of a five-year examine evaluating wildlife use of the bridge. The bridge — which connects the northern an southern sections of Phil Hardberger Park, divided by the six lanes of Wurzbach Parkway — opened in December. But Casey Cowan, parks naturalist for the Parks and Recreation Department, stated getting the examine off the bottom took a little bit of time as officers adjusted how they collected knowledge. The examine doubtless will wrap up 5 years from this previous summer time, but it surely might finish sooner if a adequate quantity of knowledge is collected, Cowan stated.

The Robert L. B. Tobin Land Bridge is seen Monday, July 12, 2021 because it runs over Wurzbach Parkway to join the 2 components of Hardberger Park.

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