Originally Posted by Yoshismom
Yes birds of prey are a threat to the fur kids, even cats. I have even heard of Seagulls going after small pets on the beach. I know that Owls are silent at night and you do not see or hear them coming and hawks are so quick at times you do not even know what happened. You do have to watch for predators when you have small dogs. I have talked with men who work for the telephone company that have told me about cat and dog collars being in nests in trees and on power poles. It is sad and we have to be the one's to watch out for our babies.
Yes, owls are the biggest threat! An eagle might not swoop down into someone's smaller sized yard because they're a little clumsier, but owls are incredible flyers and they're so silent that you wouldn't even know they were there until they had your pet. I read a story about someone that was walking a dog ON LEASH and an owl grabbed it. Obviously it couldn't get very far because it was on leash, but those talons are deadly.
An even bigger threat here to small pets are our coyotes. Anyone that lets their cat outside here is really putting their life in danger. People see coyotes running by with cats in their mouth all the time. I was at the dog park and a lady with a chi there was telling me that her last chi was taken by a coyote.