Atlantic Wildlife Institute Recommends Keeping A Close Eye On Small Pets

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:55 PM

A warning from the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, that cats and dogs could be prey for eagles, owls and other predatory birds.

Director of Wildlife Care Pam Novak says in the winter months, they are always on the lookout for food, "Predators who are looking for food sources and they may not distinguish a cat or dog from a duck, a mouse or a bird or anything at that point if they are hungry."

Novak says we share our environment with a lot of other species, including wild predators, and pet owners need to be aware, whether they live in the inner city, in suburbia or in the rural areas, "There could be a great horned owl up in a tree, that is hungry and looking for a food source as much as it could be a bob cat or a coyote in a more open space."

She says with the changes in our habitat over the past decade, we are finding more wild like predators in all of those areas, "As we encroach on habitat, where we urbanize or suburbanize more area, we are taking away habitat and then we replace that with putting out these domestic food sources, and predators are not going to distinguish.  Pet owners need to understand that."