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Letter: Coyotes are a serious threat to SCV pets

Posted: June 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The June 15 article on coyotes (“Locals upset over coyotes”) in Canyon Country has prompted me to write.

Imagine my surprise the other night, when, because of my neighbor’s dog incessant barking, I flipped on the patio light and there stood a small coyote. Imagine my horror as I realized it had my sweet cat in its powerful jaws. I had let her out for an hour, as she likes to hang out on the patio — and no, my backyard is not adjacent to any hills — I live across from Peachland Elementary School.

My heart pounding, I dashed out — the coyote took off; my poor Bootsie lie dead.

As an avid animal lover, I do sympathize with the coyotes, and the plight we humans have inflicted on them by encroaching on their environment. They are hungry — I get it. But I had no idea they could be so bold as to come into my backyard and only inches from my patio door.

As a result, no cats outside after dark — or early in the morning. I now even go outside with my small dogs if it’s dark or early in the morning, such fun watching them do “their business.”

However, I am determined not to lose another pet. Please be advised — I see so many posters up about lost cats. They don’t stand a chance after dark.

I also want to thank The Signal for running the article and warning pet owners.


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