Urban coyotes feast on our pets, study finds
| PLEASE keep your cats indoors
| Katharine Gammon, 12 Apr 2019
| The Guardian – A study of coyote scat in LA found the animals are attracted to fruit in gardens, where they are also finding cats and dogs
Doug McIntyre let his cat, Junior, out of the house on a sunny summer morning last June.
As Junior walked down the path and into the world, he paid special attention.
“I had a funny feeling … just an odd sensation that something was off,” McIntyre, a journalist and radio host, recalled in a column at the time.
Junior, a beloved part of the family, had been found five years before living in the parking lot of a Los Angeles radio station, covered with fleas and suffering from a blood infection.
All day, McIntyre waited for Junior to return, to no avail. The next morning, as he and his wife were putting up missing pet flyers, they ran into a neighbor who said her husband had seen Junior in the mouth of a coyote.
It’s a common story in southern California, and one now backed up by research: a new study by the National Park Service has found that 20% of urban coyotes’ diets is made up of cats.
Once restricted to the western plains, coyote populations are surging in cities across the US.
They are master adapters who have learned to survive in urban environments – a recent study found coyotes present in 96 out of 105 cities surveyed.
But many communities are struggling to figure out new ways to deal with predators in their neighborhoods … Read more.