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'Cute as buttons' family of coyotes could be killers

A mother coyote and her four pups have made a home in bushes at the foot of fhe Grade Crescent home of Mary Bockes who believes they are responsible for killing neighbourhood cats. - photo courtesy Mary Bockes
A mother coyote and her four pups have made a home in bushes at the foot of fhe Grade Crescent home of Mary Bockes who believes they are responsible for killing neighbourhood cats.
— image credit: photo courtesy Mary Bockes

Cat killers could be a family of coyotes living in bushes at the bottom of a Langley City residence on Grade Crescent.

Homeowner Mary Bockes is convinced the mother coyote and four pups are responsible for killing pets, several of which have been found in the Brookswood area.

Bockes said that two weeks ago, she was awoken at 3 a.m. by the coyotes.

"The kerfuffle was absolutely incredible — the pups, their mother, and some poor animal," Bockes said.

"She (the mother) has a den in my backyard. They use my backyard as though it's their home sweet home."

Bockes said there was no mistaking the anguished sound of a cat being attacked.

"Three days ago, the same thing happened," she said on Thursday.

"We've told everybody along Grade Crescent to keep their pets in."

Bockes said she has found no evidence of a cat fur, and doesn't want to investigate.

But she would like someone to remove the coyotes because they pose a threat not only to pets, but young children.

"What worries me most is not the animals (pets) but kids close around," she said.

The Bockes live close to H.D. Stafford Middle School. She has called City Hall, conservation officers and animal protection agencies, but no one is willing to step in and remove the coyotes.

"Nobody wants to deal with it," said Bockes, who  said the puppies look as "cute as buttons."

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