CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It appears there's an unwelcome guest prowling the streets at night around the 1200 block of SW 4th Place in Cape Coral. Monday night, a home security camera finally caught the suspect behind a string of pet deaths.
Pictures clearly show a coyote standing in a driveway. The coyote is starring up a palm tree, presumably at a potential meal.
"It kind of freaked me out a little bit," neighbor Suzanne Barr told WINK News after seeing the surveillance pictures. "We're a little neighborhood, but it's not like we're out in the middle of the boonies."
Three cats have been found mauled to death in the last few weeks, two belonging to Barr's neighbor.
"At first, we thought it was an eagle," Barr said. "There's a huge eagle in the neighborhood that flies around and was kind of skulking around one of the dead cats."
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission tells WINK News coyote sightings in Cape Coral aren't uncommon. The same neighborhood reported a coyote sighting last year.
Experts say a coyote will usually move on if it doesn't have an easy food source. FWC says it's unlikely they'll need to trap, relocate, or euthanize the coyote unless it becomes a persistent problem. However, concerned neighbors could opt to hire a private trapper.
Barr isn't taking any chances with her cat or small dog.
"Don't let your cats out at night," Barr said. "God forbid. And when you take your pets out, make sure they're on a leash."