Over the weekend, a Redlands family’s dog was taken from its kennel and killed, by what the Division of Wildlife suspects was a bobcat.
The incident has DOW officials again warning pet owners how to protect their pets from becoming prey.
Randy Hampton with the DOW says Western Colorado has more than its fair share of predators preying on domestic animals, and pet owners need to be cautious.
Hampton says it’s best to feed your pet indoors.
Leaving pet food outside is like leaving bait around, and can attract unwanted animals, large and small.
He also says fencing around your yard, especially in areas like the Redlands or near the river, is crucial, and needs to be at least six-feet high.
As well, dawn, dusk, and overnight are the most active times for predatory animals.
And if you have an outdoor pet, make sure they have a covered kennel with tall fencing surrounding it.
Hampton says the warnings are nothing new, but it is because of unfortunate incidents like these that repeatedly break pet owners’ hearts, and has the DOW stressing the same message.