Whitefish Bay again warning pet owners after small dog apparently killed by 2 coyotes

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: A nursing mother coyote limps through Griffith Park, the nation's largest urban park, after fleeing flames May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The pups were not seen. The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Travel Town, and various other park features were threatened but did not burn in the wildfire that broke out yesterday afternoon and forced nearby residents to evacuate their homes later that night. So far the fire has consumed 840 acres of brush and is 40 percent contained by firefighters. Five fires have broken out in the park, which is mostly native chaparral habitat open space, since December including one near the landmark Hollywood sign. Los Angeles is experiencing the driest rain season since records began in 1887. Two years ago, the city had its second-wettest winter. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

WHITEFISH BAY — Whitefish Bay police are warning pet owners to be alert after a small dog was apparently killed by two coyotes.

It happened Sunday, December 11th around 5:30 a.m. in the eastern part of the Village of Whitefish Bay.

Police say the dog’s owner was out shoveling and the white dog was loose outside.

When the owner couldn’t find his dog, he walked over to the other side of the car parked in the driveway and found the dog. Two coyotes then apparently ran away from the dog — headed west.

The dog died as a result of injuries suffered in this incident.

Police said in a statement the DNR has been contacted to assess the severity of this and the other incident this year, and the likelihood of the same two coyotes being involved with the other incident this year in October.

That incident occurred three blocks from Estabrook Park and the Milwaukee River, while Sunday’s incident was two blocks from the Lake Michigan bluffs, and seven blocks north of the previous incident.

Both dogs were very small dogs — approximately four to five pounds each.

Police are reminding that Whitefish Bay and neighboring communities have wildlife because of the close proximity to parks and natural resources. Estabrook Park, the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan have long attracted wildlife such as coyotes, which have been in this area for years.

During certain times of year, like now, a few precautions need to be taken to ensure safety of all pets.

If you have a small dog, police say you should NOT leave it unattended and stay close to it in order to intimidate a possible coyote attack.

DO NOT use a leash with a retractable long cable.

Never let cats out to roam.

Police say it’s important to know that in modern times no human in Wisconsin has been attacked by a coyote. There have been numerous incidents in the state and the metro Milwaukee area where small dogs and cats have been killed by coyotes but no humans have been attacked by a coyote.

There is no reason to believe that these coyotes in our area will be the first coyotes in modern times to attack a human.

If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, you’re asked to call the Whitefish Bay Non-Emergency Police Department : 414-351-9900.