Wild predator blamed for death of Kyle pets

Wild predator blamed for death of Kyle pets

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Several pets have turned up dead in the Kyle area and now authorities there are warning a wild predator may be to blame.

Coyotes are believed to be behind this but officials can't be sure. So they're taking extra measures to investigate the recent deaths of four dogs so that another family doesn't have to suffer losing a pet.

Patches, an 11-year old Daschund is the latest of four animals to be found dead in their own backyard.

Patches' owner was too upset to talk on camera.

That's why Animal Control Officer Briana Brecher is setting traps as witnesses reported seeing coyotes around the time two animals were killed.

"We do still see a pretty high rabbit population and usually that's what they go for, but sometimes if they find an opportunity they will take it," Brecher said.

Brecher says a bobcat or hawk could have been responsible. All four incidents have happened during after sunset.

So Brecher is also setting up a game camera trying to capture images to learn more about the predators who killed Patches and the three other small dogs, all under 20 pounds, all in fenced backyards and within a month and a half time period.

The incidents happened in the Trails, Steeplechase and Amberwood Subdivisions not far from local schools.

"With small children always supervising them when they are in the backyard is a good idea," Brecher said.

In the Amberwood neighborhood, residents like Scott Sigel say he's alarmed by what's happened.

"It makes me think about losing him and we'd be heartbroken," Sigel said.

Sigel his dog Rooney, routinely walk through the quiet subdivision, but Sigel says his best friend is always near his side.

"Just keep him inside or keep on a leash so he'll be close to you," said Sigel.

Brecher is working with local game wardens as well. She says they haven't seen this many attacks so close together and are not sure why the coyotes, if that is the culprit, are being so aggressive.

"We do still see a pretty high rabbit population and usually that's what they go for, but sometimes if they find an opportunity they will take it," Brecher said.

The city of Kyle is asking any residents who see coyotes in the city limits to notify them immediately.

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