photograph from Wikipedia
We had noticed that this year we seemed to have less rabbit problems than in previous Springs. Perhaps this is the answer?
We received a newsletter from a neighbour, who had seen a coyote kill and eat her cat at four o’clock one morning! The local animal agencies say they will not do anything about relocating them, as they have pups. Meanwhile it is recommended that all pet owners are extra vigilant.
The northern coyotes can get quite large, the largest on record weighing almost 75lbs, and measuring over 5 feet in length. While I’m sure the local ones are no where near this size it is recommended to give them a wide berth. They can run in bursts of up to 40mph, and jump a distance of over 12 feet. Their hearing is more acute than dogs, making them excellent hunting animals. We have also been asked to clap our hands, and generally make a noise upon sighting them, so that they do not become to familiar with humans. That would cause another set of problems. We had recently discovered a new trail and wooded area that we felt would be nice for hiking; now it seems that is where the coyotes are based.