What animal might have killed my friend's dog?

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  1. Inyo Tim

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    He lives down in a semi-rural area. The chihuahua was in the back yard, 6' fence. In the morning my friend found just the head. Grass yard so no tracks. There are bobcats and coyotes in the area. Owl maybe?
     
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    Any number of predators will leave the head.
     
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    Multiple Coyotes would be my guess.
     
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    If it's a good fence I'd bet on a bobcat. That said coyotes killed my mom's chihuahua several years ago. Could have been either. I'd bet an owl is unlikely.
     
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    I would say coyotes because they can jump a 6-foot fence and they eat everything they can on a kill, and bobcats take the kill.
     
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    Coyote stink. Jump a 6 foot fence like nothing.
    Have owls haunting the backyard trees couple times a week now. Two were out this morning. Wait till sun up before the mutts can go outside.
     
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    Man, that is a heck of a downer finding poor little doggy like that. Little dog like that shouldn't be out at night. I'd guess coyotes. Bob cats usually take the whole thing away and dine later in secret.
     
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    We live on a golf course and next to natural marsh, my neighbor let his dog out while he was getting ready to leave for work. Coyotes jumped the 6 foot block wall and killed his Maltese. Took less than 3 minutes.


    My guess is yotes.
     
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    His new dog is a pit. It should fare better unless a whole pack jumps the fence. I don't know if he is still leaving his dog out at night.
     
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    Think the coyotes will give that doggy a wide berth and look for easier pickings.
     
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    Hawk or owl could take out a chihuahua.
     
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    One of my neighbors let his three Yorkies out just before bedtime. While the neighbor was dressing for bed, a pack of coyotes came into the yard and attacked them. Two of his dogs were dead before he could get outside to them; and the other was injured so badly that only intensive Vet work saved it.
     
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    Coyote , 6' fence, wow. I have never seen this. We have shorter horse, goat type fence and I have never seen a coyote climb over them. I have seen fox go over a 7'+ wood slat fence, just ran up and over like it was nothing. I have never seen a Coyote sit and eat it's kill on site. They have always carried it away, my experience. Horned owls have been known to eat dogs and cats and they will consume bones and on site if they can't carry it away.

    Still amazed about the 6' fence. I knew fox would climb them. My wife watched a fox climb a tree in our backyard and eat the seeds out of a feeder.
     
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    In a heart beat.
     
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    I had no idea coyotes could jump a fence.

    I just got some miniature horses. I guess I need to figure out something.
     
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    Even a Raccoon could kill a chihuahua without any problem.
     
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    Coyotes don't usually eat dogs, they kill them for territory. If it was eaten, it was probably an owl. We have a big horned owl in our neighborhood that kills rabbits in our yard now and then. Not much left but fur and bones.
     
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    Very sad. We have a Chihuahua. We don't let her out without us. Only off the leash in my parents' backyard with us there with her. And only before twilight.

    And one of us, at least, is armed. Their yard borders on woodland, and they have fox, bobcat, coyote, bear, hawks & owls about with some frequency. Not to mention raccoons which will walk right into the house if you leave a door open.
     
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    Hawks don't feed at night. I've found several owl pellets over the years and have never seen bones the size a chihuahua would have in the pellets. In my area we have great horned and barred owls.