Residents On Fishers Island Fear Their Cats Are Becoming Coyote Food

FISHERS ISLAND, N.Y. (CBS 2) — Cat owners on a remote island near the Connecticut mainland say they are living in terror.

House cats are vanishing without a trace on Fishers Island and residents believe their pets are becoming food for swimming coyotes.

Posters of missing cats cover the community bulletin board at the Fishers Island post office. Residents in the community told CBS 2’s Mark Morgan they believe they know why the animals are disappearing.

“We kept looking for him and calling for him and then we were told that there are these coyotes that I had heard about and that they liked cats and it was quite possible that they got him,” Charles Kadushin said of his missing cat.

“Quite a few cats have been missing and people have seen the coyotes in the daylight — usually they are nocturnal animals — so they hunt and travel at night and sleep during the day,” Tathiana Lema said.

Fishers Island is about 7 1/2 miles long and up to three miles wide in some places. Austin McPhail has lived there for 22 years, and after seeing coyote tracks for several years, he says he saw one first hand two weeks ago.

“At 11 o’clock during the morning right on the main road. I thought it was a large dog at first…then I realized it was a large coyote,” McPhail said.

So how would coyotes get to the island? Residents said they believe the animals may be swimming from the Connecticut shoreline, which is about a mile away.

Though swimming coyotes may seem far-fetched, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation official told CBS 2 news that it was “possible.” They also said that the coyotes may have made it to the island on an ice flow in wintertime.

“They need to be eradicated from the island, taken care of, hunted down,” McPhail said.

In the meantime, pet owners on the island are taking no chances and keeping their beloved animals indoors.

What should be done about the coyotes on Fishers Island?  Tell us in the comments section…

  • Hilary livingstone




    • Laura

      WRONG!! NOT Fishercats. Obviously you are not living here now.

  • Wile E. Coyote

    Cats and dogs for that matter don’t belong roaming around in the wild. Cats are known to have caused bird extinctions where previously there were no predators. Now it’s just the coyotes turns to level the playing field. Keep them indoors or lose them.

    Cat, it’s what’s for dinner.

    • Laura

      Another idiot who does not understand the world out here.

  • Anthony Chalas

    I hope Austin Shoots em!

  • Alden C. Sheremata

    Alot of folks, even some first responders don’t have the first idea about how to respond to Coyote or Wildlife incedents of any kind. Contact Forestry. They know how to respond. They know what to do and they know how to educate the public about Wildlife. CBS2. Give ’em a call.


      Coyote time = Shotgun time!

  • Rodin

    Keep the cats indoors at night. That’s what my mother-in-law does with hers in Canada, where hungry foxes hunt at night.

    Precautions by HUMANS should suffice. The animals are what they are and act according to their species.

    • Laura

      This is a SMALL island (and the reporter got the dimensions quite wrong) and there is no longer room for the coyotes since their population exploded this spring. If you don’t live out here, shut the hell up!


    It’s coyote hunting time. Call Elmer Fudd and he’ll come running with his shotgun. Oh Elmer, where did that silly coyote go?

  • Ssornai

    Uh, since when is Fisher’s Island a “Long Island neighborhood”?????? Last time I checked, you can’t even get to Fisher’s Island from ANY part of NYS directly!!! You can only get a ferry from New London. JOURNALISM REQUIRES CHECKING YOUR FACTS AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU ARE WRITING!!!!!!! You are in the wrong business.

    • Stifle Edith

      You need to relax. Technically, Fishers Island is part of Suffolk County, so to call it a Long Island neighborhood is not incorrect. People who post on news sites need to get lives. I mean seriously.

    • Egor

      Where can I rent a coyote?

    • Ssornai

      I bet you can’t even find it on a map.

  • Allergic to cats

    Love it. These cat owners let their cats out to do their business on their neighbors property and spray their contaminated and noxious scent all over the place. Their feces and urine are highly toxic. There are leash laws for cats as well as for dogs. Yet the cat owners don’t feel they need to adhere to the law. I am highly allergic to cats. I would like to kill any cat I see on my property as I see them as dangerous to my health and life. Glad that these idiots are now keeping their cats where they belong. Inside and not bothering their neighbors. They should be more consierate and spay their cats before letting them out. Huuray for the cayotes.


      And there are people who would hunt you down like a dog for killing a cat. You don’t like cats? That doesn’t give you the right to injure them in any way or kill them.

    • Laura

      The ferral cats kept the RAT population down. Rats are more dangerous to humans than cats. Cats DANGEROUS to your life?? What are you, Thumbelina?? Oh, and it’s okay to let your yip-yip ‘dog’ do it’s business on MY property?? If the coyotes had been able to get at the summer resident’s yip-yips, all hell would have broken loose. I agree with JOSH SUCKS, there are MANY people out here who would like to hunt YOU down. Too bad you’re so modest you cannot leave your name. Come out for a visit. We’ll hope you get bubonic plague. Are you allergic to THAT?

    • Laura

      …and our PETS ARE SPAYED & NEUTERED. (Learn how to spell)

  • gjk

    You know, fed by all those cats, i bet that coyote meat would make some mighty good eating. How about anyone who gets food stamps gets issued a rifle and gets to hunt them?

    • joey from B'hurst

      Do you really believe that anyone who receives food stamps would get off their arse to hunt a coyote. USDA food stamp program is used fraudulently by crooks, to buy cigarettes, beer, and redeemed for cash at 1/2 face value. People get food stamps because they put themselves in a predicament, their own irresponsible actions.

      • Robert richardson from MANHATTAN

        20 million plus Americans not working cause it’s their fault? Maybe ?? It depends on how they voted

      • gjk

        I would. Give me the rifle.

        Yeah, i get food stamps. The predcament i put myself in was getting a Master’s in English and trying to make a living as a college adjunct. It was quite irresponsible of me to get an education

        Stay in Bensonhurst, Joey, oh, and educate yourself about the program. See, they’re not actually food “stamps” any more, it’s a card with a photo ID. Catch up with the world, it’s a wonderful place!

      • joey from B'hurst

        @GJK: Responsibility is making the right decisions in life; therefore, making bad decisions is irresponsibility.

        You chose to get a Masters in English. You knew that your job opportunities were limited to teaching. You don’t need a Master’s Degree to become a famous novel writer, if so, name one!

        I was studying Biology in Brooklyn College (when it was free), and pondered where this would get me. Either a teacher or lab technician, or with some post grad work, I could go into the medical field. Being a doctor is just about over billing insurance companies, to keep your head above water and pay off your student loans. I dropped out with 77 credits. Got my riggers license, and presently operate a crane making $200K/year.

        Hey Professor:why the possessive apostrophe s in “Master’s in English?” Is Masters not an adjective, as in Masters Degree in English?

        Who is liable for choosing the less prosperous path in life? Do you more education to answer that question? I think so.

    • Scott

      I love that comment. I can’t top it.

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