Attention Pet Owners: There have been recent reports of cats being killed and small dogs missing in Westminster Place and Pine Park. Our hearts ache for those neighbors who have been affected. We have heard 5 possible explanations:
(1) coyotes (sighted at the Blue Cross building, so they could also be in WPP);
(2) red-tailed hawks (a nest is in our neighborhood; they eat mostly mammals, but rarely go after cats
(3) Cooper's hawks (mainly eat birds);
(4) owls (cats and dogs are not the preferred food, but it is a possibility); and
(5) a pit bull (no collar) seen chasing a cat.
If you see any dog that poses a danger, please call Animal Control immediately at 225-774-7700. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Animal Control officers are on duty 24 hours a day. After 5 p.m., call 225-389-2070. After 11 p.m., the calls should be directed to the sheriff (225-389-5000).
To protect your animals from coyotes, please follow tips provided by the EBR Animal Control Center: do not leave out food sources; do not let your cats roam outside, especially during the night; and secure small animals. For other information, visit the website: https://www.brgov.com/dept/animal/coyote.htm. According to Animal Control, "The single best way for a homeowners organization or an individual to deal with coyotes that they feel must simply be removed, is to hire a professional wildlife nuisance abatement company, a pest control company or a professional trapper." If you see a coyote in our neighborhood, please notify Dawnette Shelton or Janis Kile so the crime prevention district board and civic association board can consider if hiring a professional is appropriate. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does NOT provide nuisance animal control or removal services. Visit its website for tips on resolving wildlife conflicts: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife.
Please be sure your cats and dogs have a collar with information on how to reach you. Getting lost is stressful for dogs and cats, especially if elderly. We are fortunate to have many animal lovers in Westminster Place and Pine Park. These residents are willing to care for strays until the owner is located. Unfortunately, there is much delay when animals are found with no identifying information.