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October 11, 2021 – 8:08 a.m.
Residents of the Joe Rich area east of Kelowna are losing domestic cats and chickens in unprecedented numbers.
One can only speculate about the cause, because often nothing remains of the animals.
“The general consensus is that it is some type of predator,” Laurie Takoff, secretary of the Joe Rich Ratepayers and Tenants Society, told iNFOnews.ca. “That is probably not just a direct consequence of the fires, but also of the dry season. There’s not much to eat out there other than berries and wild fodder, so they move into the residential areas and get caught in the trash and cattle and pets. ”
She has lost two of her three stable cats without a trace.
Barn cats have been known to sometimes run away for a day or two, but Bill and Bob were never gone more than half a day, and they disappeared more than two weeks ago.
Your neighbor lost five or six cats, one of which disappears every day. A neighbor had 10 chickens killed.
Takoff is also in contact with animal rescue groups across the Okanagan and has heard similar stories from other areas.
“Lots of people see lots of wildlife,” she said. “Bear, puma, skunk, raccoon, bobcat. Usually we walk past the remains that are left behind. Skunks, for example, only eat their intestines and leave everything else. When an owl kills poultry, they eat the breast meat and everything else is left over. “
The cats simply disappear without a trace. Takoff suspects it is a bobcat as they are more likely to attack domestic cats than a puma.
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She suspects no coyotes in her case, although many have been sighted in the area. Your property is fenced in with side wire, a chain link fence. She has only seen a deer in the fence for 30 years and no coyotes.
Remnants of the chickens are left behind, and one owner suspects skunks killed his entire flock of chickens, Takoff said.
Animals are lost to the area every year, but these numbers are unusual and the devastation extends all the way from Joe Rich on Goudie Road near the Black Mountain area of Kelowna towards Big White Mountain.
While there weren’t any large forests in this area of the Okanagan at first, there were some smaller ones that likely displaced some wildlife, Takoff said. But the summer drought likely had a bigger impact on food sources.
“Usually a lot of us go out and pick berries,” she said. “We recommend people just leave that because the animals don’t have much and it’s pretty dry.”
What advice to anyone who lives near the forests in the Okanagan?
“People have to be a little more careful about closing their holdings,” Takoff said.
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