Dear Editor: Last week, two coyotes killed my neighbor’s cat. My husband and I were extremely surprised there were coyotes in Downey.
My husband called for the partial remains of the cat to be removed by animal control and it took from 4 a.m. to nearly 8 p.m. for animal control to come out. Sadly, another cat was near the killed animal, as if it was mourning its friend.
We have two small dogs that can easily have fallen prey to the coyotes because nowhere in the city nor in the newspaper do we see any warnings to Downey residents to keep their pets indoors. Coyotes have been known to attack young children also.
I have researched on the internet. There is a lot of information you can provide residents. I read one article that recommended building a cat platform described as 7 feet tall where a cat can climb and perch until the coyotes leave it alone.
Please warn all residents. While trying to spread the word among our neighbors, many residents have reported sightings of coyote pups also.
Thank you very much in advance for your efforts in educating residents on how to protect themselves, their pets and helpless cats left to live outdoors.
Published: Jan. 29, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 42