LETTER: Coyotes pose a real danger to Delta’s children and pets

North Delta resident Jimmy urges the Corporation of Delta to do something about all the coyotes running around town.

Our beloved neighbourhood cat Beckham has died from a coyote attack in the daylight at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 near Seaquam Secondary. We hope his death can raise the awareness not just for pet owners, but also all [about] the safety of our children and students in our neighbourhood.

What worries me is that coyotes used to show up to hunt after sunset, but my cat was hunted during broad daylight at 9:30 a.m. [and] the gentleman who was walking his dog could not chase off the coyotes. This should not be happening in our Sunshine Hills neighbourhood, especially beside Seaquam Secondary School, Cougar Canyon Elementary School, and Sunshine Hills Elementary School.

Coyotes should be hunting in the woods instead of in our neighbourhoods. Many pet owners have lost their pets to coyotes. People are afraid to walk their dogs on the street.

An average coyote can grow up to 44 lb. and jump more than six feet up high in the air. They can run up to 72 km/h and they come in packs. Imagine one day if one of the coyotes starts to attack children at a nearby school.

We should do something and prevent tragic [events] before it’s too late. I hope this can catch Delta municipality’s attention. Also my cat is a hero, I do not want his death to be meaningless.