Police: Coyote snatches cat

WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH)– Officials in Wolcott are warning residents to be on the lookout for coyotes, after a family’s cat was snatched by one.

It happened around 4:00a.m. Sunday. Police say the cat was taken on Steel Avenue.

Last month Waterford officials determined coyotes were responsible for a dog that disappeared. A woman let her two Chihuahuas outside, one of them returned but the other never made it back to the house.

Back in April a Planville man chased off coyotes that were attacking his two dogs. Officials say the dogs were out for an early morning walk when they crossed paths with several coyotes. The man ran through the woods when he heard his dogs yelping. That’s when he saw two coyotes, each one with a dog in it’s mouth. He started to make noises and chase them, eventually getting the coyotes to drop the dogs. Unfortunately, they were seriously hurt. Click here to see the full story from News 8’s Bob Wilson.

We’ve got your back with some tips on how to keep your pets safe:

  • Coyotes are generally nocturnal and rarely seen. They tend to be most active at dusk and dawn…. so you should avoid taking your pets out during those times.
  • They usually look for smaller prey, so its important to keep your cats inside.
  • They’re usually afraid of people, so if they’re not running away, that could mean they’re rabid.

If you see a coyote here’s what you should do:

  • Stay calm, don’t be alarmed
  • Make yourself as large as you can
  • Make loud noises, by shouting or yelling at the animal, even clapping your hands
  • If you have to, throw a rock or stick at the animal, but try not to hurt it
  • Never leave food outside of your house or garage
  • If you think you have coyotes in your neighborhood, be sure to secure your garbage cans

Click here for more information from DEEP about Coyotes.

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