It is a sound one never wants to hear: the shrieking and snarling of a battle between a coyote and a cat. I awoke to this haunting sound this morning at 6:23 a.m. The sound is all too familiar and foretells the loss of a family pet. Our home is in Norkirk, a few blocks north of Forbes Creek where coyotes are known to live. The prey on domestic cats in Norkirk and the Highlands neighborhoods and it appears they are becoming more bold, now attacking during daylight.
The last time I heard the sounds of a coyote attack it was at 4:00 a.m. last spring. The noise was horrific. I jolted from bed to realize what was happening in front of our house. The sight of a coyote dragging the lifeless body of my neighbor's cat down our street is one I will not soon forget.
Norkirk has many "Lost Cat" signs posted. The same can be said about other neighborhoods too. Some will be found by a neighbor and returned to their families. Many will not.
Domesticated animals are easy pickings for an adult coyote. Please be careful when letting your cats and small dogs outside.