Coyotes Suspected in Cat Disappearances

Authorities say feline owners should closely monitor domestic pets.

Posted: October 31, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Cat owners in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area are being warned to keep an eye on their furry pets. Wildlife officers believe coyotes might be behind the disappearances of numerous area felines.

Rick Stahl, county urban wildlife officer, told the St. Petersburg Times that there are 75 to 80 coyotes wandering Pinellas County. Normally, cats are not coyotes’ preferred meal, he said, but choices are limited in the urban environment.

“They’re going to take the most easily available food source,” Stahl told the Times.

Cats, especially pets, become prey because they’re tame and tend to be more trusting and less alert to possible attack than wild animals.

After Thanksgiving, Pinellas County is expected to begin a two-year study on nine coyotes by capturing, fitting them with radio collars and then releasing and tracking them.

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Milan    Spokane Valley, WA

10/31/2006 5:36:27 PM

I believe that coyotes maybe responsible in the
cat demise. I lived in an area where coyotes is
numerous and you had to keep the cats indoors.

Cathy    Pensacola, FL

10/31/2006 11:12:59 AM

Just because you don't live in a rural area does not mean you don't have to worry about Coyotes. I let my precious Toby out to use the bathroom around 9:00 p.m. It was his routine to come back thirty nimutes later and stay in the rest of the night. That night when I let him out, he never returned. We and all the neighbors searched for him, but never found a trace of him. Three nights later while sitting out on the front porch we heard two Coyotes calling back and forth to each other. Our vet who lives just a few miles from us told me that a Coyote also killed two of his cats.

Sherry    Euless, TX

10/31/2006 8:12:23 AM

We have the same issue in Euless, TX. Because the city is building so many new houses the coyotes are being run out of their environment and into the neighborhoods. I never let my cats outside and wouldn't. Too much danger out there for them.

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