Coyotes aren't picky and they are opportunists.
Cats, dogs, chickens, ducks and rabbits roaming around a backyard are easy pickings.
Pet owners are advised by the city's animal control officers to keep their dogs and cats indoors and small livestock in coops unless a human is present — preferably one that is armed with a big stick or noisemaker. Don't bank on fences keeping the predators out, as Dunning Drive resident Mona Roberts learned the hard way.
"It was about 7:45 a.m. and I called police because I thought my dog had been stolen; then I found the blood," said a heart-broken Roberts at a meeting she hosted Sunday for other pet owners.
A coyote had snatched Roberts prize-winning Lhasa Apso, Tally, from the deck right outside the kitchen. Another Roberts dog, Peekaboo, was nipped on the nose and had to be quarantined for a month — Sunday was the dog's first day out.