Multiple pets disappear from Cape Coral neighborhood
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CREATED Jun. 11, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Log onto Craigslist and search for missing pets in Cape Coral, and you'll find Cooper, Oliver and Whitten.
All three live in the same neighborhood and all three have mysteriously vanished. Pet owners are wondering, what happened to them?
"It's really frightening with neighbors losing their pets," neighbor Carol Mayne said.
Neighbors told Fox 4 they are keeping their pets indoors and on a leash as much as possible.
Fox 4 went to Lee County Animal Services to find out what could be causing these pets to disappear.
"We've received multiple complaints from residents in the Cape regarding sightings of coyotes and unfortunately missing cats," Lee County Animal Services Director Donna Ward said.
Fox 4 also spoke with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They said it's a likely possibility coyotes are responsible for the missing pets.
So what should you do to protect your pet?
"Please don't let your pets outdoors, especially at dusk until dawn and if you have feral cats in the area, unfortunately coyotes are pack animals and that's their instinct," Ward advised.