PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – He started out like Wile E. Coyote, but in the end, he was more like the Road Runner.
A coyote was spotted lurking around a Port Moody parking lot over the weekend, seemingly trying to sneak up on a black cat under a car. But the cat was having none of it.
In a video posted by Port Moody Police to Twitter, the cat is seen darting out, surprising the canine and chasing it all the way out of the parking lot.
Some people responded to the tweet, concerned the coyote may have been luring the cat to the rest of its pack.
But Port Moody Police responded, saying officers followed the lone coyote out of the area, and the cat was spotted patrolling the parking lot again the next morning.
Thankfully that’s not the case. We followed the lone coyote out of the area. And the same cat was seen doing it’s rounds in the parking lot again this early morning!
— Port Moody Police (@PortMoodyPD) May 15, 2021
Coyotes are relatively common in Metro Vancouver. There seems to have been a bit of an increase in sightings and activity in recent weeks, notably in Stanley Park. Just last Thursday, two joggers at the park were bitten on the ankles by the animals.
Daniel Mikolay with WildsafeBC has told NEWS 1130 it’s “very rare” that a coyote will attack a human. He says when it does happen, it’s often because either the animal is protecting its territory.
“Or … the coyote has become habituated, meaning someone has fed it and it’s used to seeing humans as a source for food. So, then it becomes more aggressive towards humans because it’s expecting to get a reward of food,” he explained.
Mikolay says with more people staying indoors in the past year due to the pandemic, the coyotes’ territory has likely expanded.