A resident has contacted NewsLincolnCounty.com on a report of a coyote killing and eating cats at the east end of the Bayfront, right off Fogarty. The resident says the coyote has been feasting on pets for the past month, her own cat barely surviving an encounter with the predator with the help of some very expensive veterinarian intervention.
Coyotes are natural urban/rural predators. Wildlife officials always recommend that you know where your cat or dog is at all times. If you live in a an area that is up against heavily forested areas think about keeping your dog on a leash where you can see it and your cat in an enclosure of some sort so it can’t get out. Otherwise there’s little that can be done to protect your pet. ODFW does not have a coyote trap program. If they did, neighborhood pets would be the ones most often caught in them. They say coyotes are very intelligent.
ODFW says the most dangerous time of the day for your pet to be outside is early morning and early evening. They say coyotes are just part of the natural landscape, even in Portland. For pets, their owners are their first and last line of defense.