Coyote attacks L Streets dog

Coyotes are nothing new in the neighborhood, but they seem to stir up trouble in cycles. Last year around this time, seems they were mutilating lots of cats. Now, a few reports of attacks on cats and small dogs have emerged.

Over in East Dallas, they prompted amusing signage.

L Streets homeowners have reported that early Wednesday morning, a coyote attacked the family dog in the 10200 block of Linkwood. The pet suffered some puncture wounds, but lived through it.

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Coyotes, as a rule, don’t attack people, but they do seek small animals, so, you know the drill: keep a close eye on the little guys.

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  • p. ingram

    I don’t know about the coyotes in the L streets, but while walking my dog after sunset in Alexander’s Village, I have observed a number of very large birds roosting in the tall trees along Goodshire. I go out of my way to avoid walking under those trees since I have seen two large owls fly out of on several occasions, looking for food. My dog is a large standard poodle, but they still hover about, looking at us both from high in the trees. I frequently see large water birds walking down the middle of Goodshire at night, illuminated by the street lamps. Since these sightings, I have not noticed any rats or mice in the area. . . which I did see before. Since our area is near the Moss Farm wildlife refuge, our residents are accustomed to being invaded by possums (on our skylight), raccoons (in our chimney), frogs (in our pool), etc., and now large predator birds. But no coyotes yet in our area. Thanks for the warning.

  • Karen Caldwell

    We didn’t really have a coyote problem before the land southeast of NW Hwy & Plano was developed. Animal control tells me several packs of coyotes that were living along the creek were displaced at that time and moved into the neighborhoods. I’m not in favor of feral cats, either, but people used to be able to own a cat and let it outside if they wanted. I don’t mean to upset anyone, I’ve just had a number of my neighbors comment recently that they now have rats, and I found one in our toolshed as well. We’ve lived here since 1989 and only recently had a rat problem. The Plague in London was caused from killing all the cats & letting the rat population get out of control.

  • BS

    Caldwell: What exactly do you think the coyotes ate BEFORE the housepets, roving herds of Chinese Crested? Such a shame, the way the native feral cat population has been displaced by these interlopers. Next they’ll be eating all the native songbir-oh WAIT.

  • Karen Caldwell

    I agree with keeping dogs leashed or in the yard, and cats inside if they will stand for it. (Cats are escape artists and will find a way out if they want to.) But now that the coyotes have taken over and all the outside cats are gone, the rats (and rat snakes) have moved in. I’d rather have outside cats than coyotes and rats.

  • Christina Hughes Babb

    This is true: the newsletter stated that the dog was let outside at 1:30 a.m. I don’t have any evidence that the dog was sent out to use the bathroom in other people’s yards, but I suppose that is a possibility.

  • TS

    I saw this story in the neighborhood’s email. You didn’t print this detail but I have a question “why was the dog out in the front yard at 1:30 AM”…so it can go to the bathroom in other peoples yards? Use your fenced in backyard and the coyote can’t get your dog. Keep your cat in your fenced in backyard or in your house and the coyote can’t get your cat. I have no sympathy for these pet owners. Viva la coyote!