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Diamondhead woman warns of coyote attack

Diamondhead resident Virginia Simons is hoping for a Christmas miracle this week: the safe return of her beloved cat, Sylvester. The pet was attacked by a coyote over the weekend, right in the owner's backyard.  (Photo source: WLOX) Diamondhead resident Virginia Simons is hoping for a Christmas miracle this week: the safe return of her beloved cat, Sylvester. The pet was attacked by a coyote over the weekend, right in the owner's backyard.  (Photo source: WLOX)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

A warning for Diamondhead residents with small pets. There's a coyote on the loose, and the animal has already attacked a woman's cat.

"All of a sudden, I heard yelling and growling and right there, near the end of the driveway, this coyote had Sylvester's whole head in his mouth," said Virginia Simons, as she recalled the Saturday morning incident.

Simons was startled by the coyote's appearance and aggression and has since posted warning signs in her yard and handed out fliers in the neighborhood.

"I ran toward him, yelling and screaming and he let the cat go. But just stood there like he wanted to chase the cat. The cat ran up that tree line," Simons said.

Simons says the coyote was the size of a large dog.

"But it was skinny. It looked kind of like a scruffy German shepherd, but smaller and thinner," Simons said, "It did not want to back off. That thing did not want to leave."

Simons said it all happened so suddenly, she didn't have time to be frightened. All she could think about at that moment was saving her beloved cat.

"It had his whole head in its jaws, for a minute. And because I ran toward it, it let go enough for Sylvester to get away. But that animal did not want to back off. This was nine in the morning," said Simons. 

Since the incident, Simons has been spreading the word about the attack, and continuing the search for her cat.

"Have been searching all over the neighborhood. And I'm hoping somebody can help me find him," said Simons.

"People with small pets, maybe even small children, should probably be aware."

She is asking Diamondhead residents, to please be on the lookout for her beloved pet.

"It's ruined my Christmas. But all I want is Sylvester back."

[Editor's Note: Virginia Simons contacted Steve around 8 p.m. Monday with the good news that she had found Sylvester, and he appears to be fine.]

After checking with her neighbors, Virginia Simons learned that at least two other cats came up missing recently. Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam told WLOX News they are aware of the reported coyote attack. He said it's not unusual for the animals to be seen in Diamondhead from time to time.

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