July 08, 2009
Study Concludes That Coyotes Kill Pet Cats
By Dave Hurteau
There’s a shocker. Three years ago, I woke up the sound of four coyotes going ballistic in my backyard. I walked out on the deck, turn on the flood light, and watched the $%#@%#s tear my cat Jax to shreds. Now, a new study confirms—just in case I should have trouble believing my own eyes—that:
Coyotes (Canis latrans) pose a risk to domestic cats (Felis catus). We captured, radiocollared, and tracked 8 coyotes from November 2005 to February 2006 for 790 hours in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We observed 36 coyote–cat interactions; 19 resulted in coyotes killing cats.