8 On Your Side: Las Vegas pet owners cautious as coyote attacks increase
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Concerns are on the rise for pet owners throughout the Las Vegas valley, after stories of elevated coyote sightings.
Kamilia Kohlmeier is a pet proprietor and has lived within the Desert Shores space for eight years. She says she has heard concerning the stories and is anxious.
“Chase is only three months so we are really nervous as we hear more and more coyotes being around, especially as the season is changing,” Kohlmeier added.
Doug Nielsen is a conservation training supervisor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife and says Southern Nevada isn’t any stranger to creatures such as mice, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, and even mountain lions.
“Well, you know as Las Vegas or any major metropolitan area grows, we have increased interactions along that what we call wildland-urban interface,” he mentioned. “Without the moisture that we get from, especially the summer monsoons, but also those winter rains, we don’t have the groceries out on the desert floor.”
Michael Kinnear is the chief medical officer at Sun City Animal Hospitals and tells 8 News Now that he has seen many animals come to the hospital due to the severity of some attacks.
“In the past 14 days, we’ve had five come in, and so that is a little bit above the norm,” he mentioned. “Unfortunately, they’re predatory animals, so they’re going to go ahead and, you know, look at your pet, not as a playmate, but as a food source.”
Kinnear doesn’t need pet owners to be fearful however as a substitute to change into extra conscious and cautious of their environment.