It’s a very sad day for a Durham, North Carolina family after a coyote killed their little dog by snatching her from their backyard. In a report by WralNews, dog owner Lamar Rowland can’t forget about the tragic death of their bonded Maltese named Lilly:
“It’s like a child being ripped out from under you,” Lamar stated. “Because our dogs were so attached to the family, and not being able to help. It was late at night. Going out trying to search was like a needle in a haystack. It’s been painful experiencing it,” Rowland said. “It’s hard to believe that in this day and time, we can’t find a way of controlling this wildlife.”
The family lives near a wooded area. Unfortunately, coyotes have been forced out of their own environments by urban development, and when area residents do not contain their trash and leave out food for wild animals, the predators roam in residential areas. Even koi ponds, chickens and rabbits not securely protected by effective screening, can attract coyotes. Never feed coyotes – that is only an encouragement for the animals to come around.
What should you do if you encounter a coyote? Experts agree to harass them; stand up straight, yell at them, throw rocks at them and flail your arms to scare them away. Make sure your dogs are leashed; rarely will a coyote try to attack a dog accompanied by a human and never let a coyote get between you and your pet or a child. Never turn your back on a coyote, and notify government officials the moment you are safely away from the animal.
And one of the best pieces of advice – do not leave your dogs and cats out at night. Coyotes are also just trying to survive and nourish their young.
(Photo of coyote killed family dog via screenshot from WralNews)
Rest in peace Lilly.
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