Coyotes blamed for missing cats

By Jillian Capobianco - bio | email

IRMO, SC (WIS) - Jackie Fowler has been investigating a mystery in her neighborhood. When her two cats went missing, the Irmo native became a detective.

"Most of the cats I have heard about have just disappeared without a trace," said Fowler.

When she started hearing about her neighbors in Murraywood losing their cats, she put up a sign: "Beware, 8 or more cats missing, DNR says possible coyote."

"He says they have seen signs around the perimeter of coyote activity," said Fowler.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Robert McCullough says they aren't sure if there is coyote in the Irmo area, but they are seeing them.

"They are all over the state of South Carolina," said McCullough. "Now, they're in every county."

McCullough says they prey on smaller or weaker animals. "They are predators and they will eat what they can catch," he said.

But when it comes to your or your child's safety, DNR says statistics show that you're more likely to get attacked by a dog than a coyote.

"You don't want to leave food and those kind of things out for your animals because that just invites creatures to come in," said McCullough.

It's a message Fowler wants her neighbors to hear loud and clear.

"It's heartbreaking to lose your pet and I'd hate for someone else to go through that," said Fowler.

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