Silver Lake cat lover reminds owners to protect their pets from coyotoes

Jackson the alley cat takes a break on a lounge chair  | Julie Rasmussen

eastside animals button smallSILVER LAKE — Jackson was one of the alley cats Julie Rasmussen has cared for over the years. On Tuesday morning,  Rasmussen fed Jackson on her front porch before he headed off in the direction of the alley that runs between McCullom Street and Benton Way. That’s when Rasmussen said she heard a “commotion” and ran to the alley where she found a coyote eating Jackson. “It was too late,” Rasmussen said via email.

Rasmussen wants to warn her neighbors to take extra precautions to protect their small pets and file a Wildlife Report with the city’s Animal Services Department to help track and keep an eye on the coyote population. Rasmussen, who has lived in the area for six years, said she used to see a coyote once every other month at night but now it has become a daily occurrence, with two or three animals often traveling together.

“I simply want people to be on alert as well and not have to go through what I am going to,” said Rasmussen. “Keep the pets safe and no tears.”

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  1. Keep your pets indoors unless supervised. Especially around dawn, dusk and at night.

  2. It is so hard — impossible, really — to protect the feral and semi-feral cats out there. It’s heartbreaking, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Lately we’ve been seeing coyotes nearly every night (this is near Eagle Rock). I have a big dog, so I’m not worried about her, but I always worry about the cats and smaller dogs out there. The coyotes are so smart and silent, and fast.

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