Woman warns of coyotes in SE Portland neighborhood after discovering dead cat

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Southeast Portland neighborhood is on edge. Some people who live there have seen coyotes roaming the streets at all hours. Now, one woman is on a mission after she found her cat dead from an apparent coyote attack.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told KATU News they're aware of coyote sightings in Eastmoreland, a part of Southeast Portland much closer to downtown than where the recent sightings have been in the David Douglas neighborhood.

Trisha Bradford is mourning the death of her beloved 15 year-old cat Maxwell who died last week because of what she believes is a coyote attack.

"I had him since he fit in my hand, he has a snuggle buddy that's missing him very much and he's got a sister cat that now doesn't have a brother," Bradford explained.

Maxwell disappeared from Bradford's yard last Tuesday. She knew his fate by Friday.

"My friend's son was mowing his yard, when I talked to my neighbor she told me we found his remains, here, kind of this spot, kind of the dead area, huh, how appropriate," Bradford said.

She kept Maxwell's remains for closure.

"But I don't know what to do with them. The Humane Society said they do cremations, but I mean, it was a tail and part of a leg," said Bradford.

Bradford said she and her husband have both seen coyotes on their street over the past year.

"I talked to two children yesterday that saw three at the end of the street while waiting for the school bus," Bradford said.

Now, she's warning about the coyote attack that she believes took Maxwell's life by posting homemade signs in the neighborhood.

"Thinking that people that stop at the "stop" sign, hopefully will see it and read it," she explained.

Bradford wants someone to put up permanent metal signs, warning people to keep their animals inside, especially at night.

"I would love them up and down every one of these residential street," she said.

Regardless, Bradford is keeping a watchful eye on her own furry friends while she mourns the loss of their brother Maxwell.

A spokesman for ODFW tells KATU News they won't put up permanent signs or trap the animals because that will push the problem to another part of the city.

ODFW suggests people don't feed their animals outside and don't keep animals in yards with low fences, especially at night. The spokesman said coyote's won't usually harm humans.

If signs do get put up in Bradford's neighborhood the ODFW spokesman said they'll likely come from the Wildlife Services Division of the State Department of Agriculture.

The Audubon Society of Portland and the Geography Department at Portland State University have teamed up for The Urban Coyote Project. You can use the website to track coyote sightings in your neighborhood.