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Traps set for unknown pet killer

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX ) - A hunt is on for a predator that killed a pet dog in Bay St. Louis last week. Fear in the Cedar Point neighborhood, where it happened, is growing.

"We're in the process now of seeing if we can trap and get some of this wildlife out of the city," Animal Control Officer Dorty Necaise said.

Necaise spent the morning checking the five traps the wildlife and fisheries service put out in hopes of capturing the predator.

"When you have wildlife that is becoming that brazen enough, it doesn't fear humans or human activity, then that's a serious risk. And that's one in the city of Bay St. Louis we don't want to take," Necaise said.

Right now no one is sure exactly what the predator is, experts who analyzed a mold of its paw print said it was of K-9 origin.

"K-9 origin, it could be a very large coyote. It could be a stray dog. With one of the prints possibly being that of a large bob-cat," Necaise said. "Right now it's a wait and see."

What ever it is, it has residents looking over their shoulders. Catherine Richard lives two doors down from where the mauling took place.

"[I'm] very concerned. I have a seven-year-old granddaughter that lives with me," Richard said. "I have a small cat. My neighbors have two dogs, and we're all very concerned about it."

Five traps baited with scents designed to attract wildlife have been placed in the area just below the surface of the ground. They have been camouflaged with dirt and sticks. Necaise said they are considered humane traps.

"He's going to step on the trap. It's going to then confine him. It's going to latch onto his leg," Necaise explained. "The traps, they use this day and time is rubber coated."

Necaise said until it's caught, he's urging residents not to let their guard down.

"We just want the public to be aware of your surroundings, be mindful of where your small pets are. Especially be mindful of where your children are at all times," Necaise urged.

The Bay St. Louis Police Department hopes to purchase hunting cameras to mount in the area, so that they can see exactly what the creature is.

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