DENVER — Over the past few weeks, neighbors in North Park Hill have been wondering why so many – police indicate about 20 – dead and mutilated cats have been turning up in the area just west of the Stapleton neighborhood.
In talking with neighbors, we came across Ken Green at E. 30th Ave. and Oneida St., who says he may have an answer as to who or what might be responsible for the dead cats.
“Every morning and evening, when I am letting my dogs out, I see a pair of big coyotes just rolling down the street,” said Green. “They are big wild dogs, that just cruise the area at dawn and dusk.”
Police have been notified about the cat remains many neighbors have been finding in their yards. They tell residents about 17 or 18 have been reported between Quebec and High Streets in areas just south of the Union Pacific tracks along Smith Road.
“We hurt for people who have lost pets,” said Lisa Switzer. “But it would be better if it was wild dogs as opposed to wild humans who are behind the deaths.”
Since Lowry and Stapleton went from open space to neighborhoods, many of our critters from the wild have been losing ‘hunting ground’ so to speak.
If they can’t find their way to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which is north of I-70, then they are left to forage for food where they can. For many that means neighborhoods where dogs, cats and small children live.
To be on the safe side, keep your house pets inside if at all possible, and make sure you do not put their food out on the back porch or patio. If you have any info about the rash of dead cats … call Denver police at 720-913-2000.