NAPLES, Fla. - Coyotes are preying on pets. Residents of a Naples community made a gruesome discovery yesterday morning.
One neighbor guesses, "It could be a fox."
Another says, "My thoughts were that the eagles were catching the cats. They eat rabbits, maybe they eat cats too."
A predator is loose in Victoria Park, a north Naples community. None is quite sure what it is.
Jessica Stewart says, "When I came home, right between the two pine trees there was a cat that was eaten."
The remains of "Chicken" the cat were found in Duane Bryan's front yard. The cat's owner, Jessica Stewart who lives next door, was devastated.
She says, "I was sobbing on the phone with FWC, she was beloved, her name was chicken, she was part of our family, she was very sweet."
Last month, Stewart says, her neighbor's cat suffered the same fate.
Neighbor Allyn Miller says, "The cat next door was decapitated, the head was left and they had taken it to the vet and the vet said he was almost positive it was a coyote."
Stewart thinks the coyote may have dug it's way into the community under this fence.
She says she told her homeowner's association, and they reminded her that pets need to be kept on a leash.
"When our neighbor's cat got eaten I thought maybe it was a one time thing, but now that my cat got eaten. I'm scared that maybe it's feeding off of animals in our neighborhood and is coming back and using it as a place to hunt, and I'm scared because I have young children."
She's worried, if something is not done soon, "Chicken" may not be the last supper for whatever predator is on the lose.
We tried contacting both the homeowner's association and the property manager of Victoria Park and have not yet heard back. FWC says it's not usual to see coyotes in Collier County. They recommend that pet owners keep their pets indoors or hire a trapper.