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Coyotes killed my beloved dachshund

Posted: May 25, 2008 2:10 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
In the quiet moments of the pre-dawn hour on a recent Saturday morning (April 26), coyotes entered my yard and took the life of my beloved dachshund.

No bark, no howl, no warning, only the treacherous scowl of the coyote staring back at me from over the block wall as I searched for my pet in futility. Maybe it was the one who made off with my dog, or perhaps it was one of several on the hunt. Regardless, the blood-stained concrete was all too telling of my dog’s fate.

There is little comfort to know that I am not alone in experiencing such a tragic demise. Stories of small dogs and cats snatched by the heinous creatures seem to be more prevalent this year than in the past.Perhaps it was the wildfires of last October that drove the coyotes from the hills, but one thing is certain, they are here in our neighborhoods, they are hungry and they are on the hunt for their prey.

This breed of coyote terrorizing our neighborhoods do not seem intimidated by people. Nor do the coyotes seem to prowl the streets only at night as their nocturnal nature would suggest. Daytime sightings while young children are walking to school have been reported.
Please remain vigilant and have heightened awareness at all times when pets and small children are in areas that could be vulnerable to attack.

I did not think a coyote could jump a tall block wall. I was woefully mistaken in that assumption.

These animals are highly aggressive and seem to have no fear in their quest for food. If I can prevent just one tragedy by writing this letter, then my Katie Mae-dog will not have died in vain.

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