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Coyote attacks pet cat in Vancouver, prompts warning from vets

Last Updated Jul 7, 2020 at 12:53 pm PDT

Trapping and euthanizing up to 35 coyotes in Stanley Park is expected to begin as soon as possible, the Ministry of Forests says. CityNews
Summary

A near-fatal attack by a coyote on a pet cat in Vancouver last week has prompted a warning from local vets

Coyotes are more aggressive in spring, summer, so vets say people should be careful letting their pets outside

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A near-fatal coyote attack on a cat in Vancouver has some local vets warning pet owners to take precautions when letting furry friends outside.

Staff at Canada West Veterinary Specialists say coyotes are more aggressive during the spring and summer months, as they search for food in urban areas to feed their pups.

That means a family pet can often be a target.

A two-year-old cat named Luna was brought to the clinic with a fractured skull last Monday, after it was attacked by a coyote.

Luna survived, and is now able to go home.

Vets say people should always supervise their small pet when it’s outside, and keep them on a leash.