Coyote blamed for mauling cat in East Naples neighborhood

Coyote attacks cat in East Naples

Coyote kills cat in East Naples

Pet owners on alert.

Anyone with coyote problems or questions can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office at (561) 625-5122. The commission operates an around-the-clock coyote dispatch line at (888) 404-3922.

— An East Naples couple is warning residents about a possible coyote in the area that mauled their 12-year-old cat.

Tom and Carolyn Francis said they found their 20-pound cat, Polar, dead outside their Sunset Lane home — behind Oakes Farm Market on Davis Boulevard — at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. An animal that appeared to be a coyote was seen leaving the area after they found the cat dead.

“We just got a glimpse of it, but coyotes have a kind of distinct hop and we saw him walking away,” Tom Francis said.

The Francises haven’t seen a coyote in 21 years at their Sunset Lane home, but the scene outside their house leads them to believe a vicious animal attacked Polar. Blood covered their carport and the attacker appeared to have shook the cat back and forth with its mouth, Tom Francis said.

“It was a pretty violent attack,” Francis said. “It wasn’t something done by a regular dog. It probably had to be something wild like a coyote.”

As urbanization continues, coyote habitats are becoming increasingly intermingled with residents’ homes. The Francis’ neighborhood has a few wooded areas and a canal running south of the Naples Municipal Airport.

“Coyotes are present in Florida, and as more and more people move into Florida, there are going to be more of these issues of wild animals and household pets,” said Gabriella Ferraro, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Ferraro said keeping pets on a leash can help owners maintain control of pets. She also recommends keeping cats indoors.

Francis said Polar “usually would sleep inside, but for some reason last night he wanted outside.”

A pair of coyotes were blamed for killing a cat in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of East Naples in December 2010. A spate of coyote attacks had pet owners in The Brooks community of Estero on edge in 2008.

Anyone with coyote problems or questions can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office at (561) 625-5122. The commission operates an around-the-clock wildlife alert hotline at (888) 404-3922.

Staff writer Sabina Bhasin contributed to this report.

© 2011 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Stories

Related Links

Comments » 2

OldMarcoMan writes:

Coyote mauling, I was half way through this story before I realized it wasn't about the new county milage rate, even though I liked the part about keeping the animals on a leash,,,,, well maybe it IS about Government after all????

lakekathy writes:

Really? Another lost pet due to owner negligence! How could these people let a 12-year old cat outside at all, let alone in the evening! Shame on them!!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features