Study Finds Coyotes Killing Outdoor Cats

A new study from the University of Arizona finds that coyotes and cats don't mix. The Allegheny Front's Sarah Rutherford Reports.

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OPEN: A new study from the University of Arizona finds that coyotes and cats don't mix. The Allegheny Front's Sarah Rutherford reports:

The report, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, observed coyotes killing outdoor cats nearly half of the time the two species interacted.

Researchers also witnessed coyotes feasting on cats for 42% of their meals. In Pennsylvania, however, the statistics are considerably lower.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says it receives only a dozen or so complaints each year about coyotes killing cats.

Matt Livalu, a Game Commission biologist, attributes this to the abundance of alternative food sources for coyotes. But he still recommends keeping cats indoors.

MATT LIVALU: The issue of keeping your cats indoors to protect them from a variety of predators--not only coyotes but avian predators as well as red fox which also kill domestic cats--is an important practice. As you likely know, the Pennsylvania Game Commission doesn't support feral cat populations because of their impact on native wildlife species, particularly songbirds.

American Bird Conservancy estimates that cats kill about half a billion songbirds each year.

So in addition to being prey, your outdoor cat may be a big predator.