Coyotes attack Oceanside family's cat

Attack captured on surveillance

SAN DIEGO - An Oceanside resident showed 10News video of a pack of three coyotes attacking and running off with one of his family's cats.

Michael Andres, who lives in Oceanside near Calavera Lake, told 10News, "In this video here you can see the coyote chasing the cat … it was like less than 10 minutes."

The incident was recorded by six surveillance cameras mounted over his garage.

The video shows a lot more than 10News showed, but in it the aggressiveness of the three coyotes is on display.   

A second camera angle shows Andres' second cat in the patio just feet away from the attack. She survived, but the family said this is the third cat they've lost.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, if you see a coyote in your neighborhood, you should let them know they're not welcome by making loud noises to scare them off or whistling. They also say you should change up the routine at times by "hazing," which is throwing sticks and rocks.

The San Diego Humane Society advises residents to stay away from the animals and to avoid them at all costs.

"Don't leave food out because you don't want coyotes or raccoons or anybody else that you're not intending to feed to come by," said San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman.

This is the time of year the coyotes are having pups, Weitzman said.

"The herds are getting bigger so they all need to be fed and we really don't want our companion animals to be part of the food chain," Weitzman said.

Andres and his family will keep their cats and two small dogs inside at night.

"It's all about what you do to take care of yourself and your kids and keep yourself out of the situation," Andres said.

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