A resident of the 4400 block of Fairfax Avenue let their cat out, only to have it mauled by what the owners suspect was a coyote. All that was found of the cat was its paws in a neighbor’s backyard.
The folks at Highland Park Crime Watch advise pet owners to accompany their animals if they go outdoors. Other helpful tips include:
- Make sure your food and garbage is tightly secured in trash barrels.
- Make sure bird feeders cannot be reached by squirrels or rodents, which are natural prey for coyotes.
- Do not feed your pet outside
- Most coyotes are fearful of humans. If a coyote gets too close, make loud noises or throw rocks to scare it away.
Coincidentally, Rick Koeninger, an officer with Highland Park DPS, operates a wildlife sanctuary. For more information on urban coyotes, visit dfwwildlife.org. For other animal control issues, call 214-521-5000.