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Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Coyote sightings, pet disappearances coincide

July 25, 2007

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Pet safety

Pet owners can take these precautions to protect their animals from coyotes, according to Aaron Henricks, a natural resource officer for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks:

  • Leave coyotes alone.
  • Keep dog food or other animal food inside.
  • Make sure pets are inside at night and watch them closely while they're outside during the day, especially smaller pets that can be seen as prey for coyotes.

Susie Dillon usually let her cat, Johnny, wander the neighborhood during the night. Johnny would visit neighbors and tromp through the nearby Alvamar golf course, bringing home mice and other prey. In the morning, Johnny would be at Dillon's back door, ready to come inside.

But a few weeks ago, Johnny did not return. Several days later, Dillon said, she saw a coyote in her backyard.

Dillon is not the only resident of her Rodeo Drive neighborhood near Alvamar to mysteriously lose a pet.

She knows of at least 10 neighbors who have seen coyotes in their yards this month and just as many who have lost pets this year.

One recent morning, Dillon said, she even saw a coyote sitting on the sidewalk along Clinton Parkway.

"It's ridiculous," Dillon said. "Almost everyone has seen one or knows someone who has seen one."

Todd Olson, owner and operator of Critter Control, 3514 Clinton Parkway, said he receives complaints about coyotes and traps them in Lawrence from time to time.

Last year, he trapped a couple of coyotes on Orchards Golf Course, 3000 Bob Billings Parkway, after he heard reports of dogs being killed. He says he's now pursuing a coyote near Clinton Parkway and Lawrence Avenue.

Olson did say there is "certainly quite a population of coyotes" in the Lawrence area.

"As long as a coyote is acting normal - that is, running away from humans - that's fine," he said. "But when they become fearless, it's only a matter of time before a dog or cat gets injured."

Aaron Henricks, a natural resource officer with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said coyote attacks likely are most prevalent in spring and summer because the animals are raising pups then.

He said the coyotes may view dogs as a danger to younger coyotes. And because coyotes are searching for food, cats and small dogs are easy targets, Henricks said.

Comments

RKLOG 6 years, 8 months ago

Coyotes have very little to do with pet disappearances.

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Crossfire 6 years, 8 months ago

Big ol' purple cats have been known to die under the mighty yellow foot. Here Kitty-kitty-kitty...

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leadrain 6 years, 8 months ago

I've seen a coyote right at the football stadium with what I hope was a rabbit just last year. It stopped, gave a glance, and took off toward the concorse area. There is a little ledge on the south end so if anyone wants to take a picture ( or a shot at revenge ) look here. But remember, the coyote never catches the Roadrunner, and tofu's too expensive. So they have to eat,too. Give 'em a break.

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Martin_D_15 6 years, 8 months ago

I think it was a mountain lion! the one that hangs around west campus.

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Yabut 6 years, 8 months ago

Critter Control does not release what they catch. They kill it, and not humanely. How do I know? I was subject to the screams of a racoon for over an hour until it died from suffocation as a result a trap placed by CC when my neighbor contacted them to help with a family of racoons that had moved into her attic. When I called the next day to complain, I was told that it was their policy not to release.

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yankeelady 6 years, 8 months ago

Out here in the county we lost several barn cats last summer. About the time the coyotes were coming very close to the house. If the cats get caught out in the open, away from the trees they don't have a chance.
If I lived in town my cat(s) would stay indoors--much better odds for a long life.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 8 months ago

I see many "frisbee kitties" in the streets.

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Confrontation 6 years, 8 months ago

Where is PETA's comment on this? Doesn't this Coyote know that eating meat causes unnecessary suffering?! Surely, Mr. Coyote provided the necessary anesthesia before eating the fluffy kitty. Isn't he concerned about high blood pressure or impotence? Seriously, where is Pamela Anderson when you really need a PETA spokesbimbo?

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ramsrevenge 6 years, 8 months ago

BEWARE! A pack of wild coyotes as well as a herd of deer along with numerous baby snakes have been spotted around the bob billings and research park drive area. There is a certain nature preserve area that they live in. Just wanted everyone to be aware of this.

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prospector 6 years, 8 months ago

Spap, Where is Nick Danger when you need him?

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jrlii 6 years, 8 months ago

What's the big deal about a missing cat?

Coyote? Maybe. But it could as easily have intruded in the territory of a largish cat-hating dog.

Cats are near the upper end of the usual prey for a coyote. Mice, rabbits & squirrels are more their usual prey.

Prehaps the reasons coyotes are coming in to town is the out of control rabbit and squirrel populations: Prey animals where their customary in-town predators are all on leashes or confined to fences.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

Why aren't we hearing from the scat experts?

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HesterPrynne 6 years, 8 months ago

Let the coyote's triumph! Keep your pets inside at night!

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JJE007 6 years, 8 months ago

dirkleisure says: I think perhaps JJE007 was raised by coyotes

I do live in a preserve that, in the short term, is friendly to the trickster body but always and invariably devours the heart. I'm sure you feel it. That is the way of the preserve, dirkMowgleisure.

It is a lush summer and the rodents are out to build the trickster body until the starvation moon sets in the rodential west.

Your turn?

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Mr_Ramirez 6 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully these coyotes will attack some of the know-it-all idiots in this town. Now thats comedy.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 8 months ago

If you let your kitties outside, then prepare to deal with losing them. They aren't exactly near the top of the food chain once they leave the friendly confines of your home.

Not that I'm a news editor, but Coyotes in Lawrence isn't very newsworthy. It's like reporting on college kids drinking. Both have always been around and will continue to do so. I'm more interested in our Prarie Lion. Speaking of which, any news on that lately?

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i_have_only_valid_opinions 6 years, 8 months ago

I had Thai take-out for dinner last night and it tasted like Johnny the cat. I'm not convinced it's the coyotes taking all the dogs and cats.

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yourworstnightmare 6 years, 8 months ago

Do not let your cats roam free. Not only might they be eaten by coyotes or bobcats or cougars, but they also do great damage to song bird populations. Even domestic cats kill many song birds.

Keep your cats indoors.

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Norma Jeane Baker 6 years, 8 months ago

Well, at least this confirms that it WAS a coyote I saw around 5am one day last week. It was just crossing Kasold near the water tower south of 15th St. I mean, Bob Billings Parkway. It was headed toward the woodsy area between Kasold and west campus. Although, I really would have preferred to see the mountain lion. Maybe next time.

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Bowhunter99 6 years, 8 months ago

Ol' Johnny went out night after night KILLING birds, mice, and 'other prey' and Cindy was just thrilled and amused... 'oh... lookie here.. Johny got us another mice'. Isn't he the cutest????

Well... Ol' Johnny's turn in the barrell was a couple nights ago. Ol' Johnny KILLED other animals just to be cute...

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Bowhunter99 6 years, 8 months ago

The homes where ELS03 and AQUAKEJ must have been built PRIOR to the existence of any wildlfe in this area.... because they can easily point fingers to some other development, BUT their house and the development around it must have had NO IMPACT whatsover when they were built....

Who said YOUR house was needed? I believe there are and were ENOUGH houses when your house was built.

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dirkleisure 6 years, 8 months ago

I think perhaps JJE007 was raised by coyotes. Then, one day, they JJE007 was led to the edge of the forest, where animal friends Bagheera and Baloo sent JJE007 off into the human world.

If only there had been a coyote preserve, JJE007 could have stayed in the forest with Bagheera and Baloo forever.

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JJE007 6 years, 8 months ago

Coyotes are cool...only until they eat Fluffy, it seems. I'm not sure that relocating them does anything but ease the minds of those who fail to recognize that it's a dog eat dog world out there. Who wants coyote on their property, besidea a coyote hunter? What causes one to believe that the coyote will have a better life in the release location? They would probably have to fight for resources there. I think that any coyote friendly land probably has breeding coyotes on it already. There is no coyote preserve out there unless you create it and good luck with that. Coyote life means death to smaller critters. Human life means death to smaller critters. Life begets death. There's no getting around it be you vegan, vole, cat, dog or megalomaniac. Perhaps, we need to stop breeding?

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Crossfire 6 years, 8 months ago

Roadrunner sez, Be-beep...zoommmmm.

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esl03 6 years, 8 months ago

BOWHUNTER99- Nobody is whining they are stating the truth. They are somewhat to blame... Lawrence doesnt need anymore apartment comlexes. There are enough as it is. I lost a pet too, to the those Coyotes.

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dirkleisure 6 years, 8 months ago

There's been a noticible spike in coyote roadkill this summer on I-70. It sounds like nobody wanted to come out and say the population is up this year, but I've heard a lot of anecdotal evidence from both Lawrence and from well west of Lawrence to that effect.

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Bowhunter99 6 years, 8 months ago

Please.... stop your WHINNING.... I can't believe someone is blaming an apartment complex for a lost pet... Somehow people like aquajek forget that their house was built on once 'pristine land'... they're ok with 'them displacing wildlife,etc', but are quick to point the fingers to others.

The coyotes have plenty of space to live from 5 mins past Wakarusa ALL the way to Denver....

Perhaps you should just blame it on Walmart.... It sounds just as stupid.

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Crossfire 6 years, 8 months ago

Let's give 6th and Wauk to Wiley.

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aquakej 6 years, 8 months ago

Do you think the Bella Sera development has anything to do with this?? My parents live right across from there, and lost a dog last year. I'm pretty sure it was to a Great Horned Owl and not a coyote, but still. The developments on the West side of town are displacing animals like coyotes. They have nowhere else to go and find food, so they end up in our backyards. I certainly hope the coyotes that have been trapped were set free elsewhere and not killed.

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honestone 6 years, 8 months ago

Too bad about the missing cat. Maybe you shouldn't let your animals wander loose and the coyotes wouldn't bother them

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