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St. Albert RCMP is warning the public that coyotes can be a danger to cats.

For several years, the St. Albert RCMP has received reports of cats that have been cut open. The cats appeared to have been cleanly cut open by a knife.

The RCMP sent away cat remains in 2015 and 2016 and it was determined through an animal autopsy known as a necropsy that the cats were killed by coyotes and not a person.

The RCMP say that coyotes will hunt cats, especially when they are training their pups how to hunt. The coyotes will leave the cat looking like it was cut open to try to interest their pups in eating the prey. The RCMP says that coyotes will usually eat wild species but they are known to eat pets including small dogs and cats.

The St. Albert RCMP say that this is peak hunting time for coyotes and the RCMP recommend that pet owners try to keep their pets indoors, especially from dusk to dawn. If left outside at night in unprotected areas the cats and mid-sized dogs may be killed by coyotes.

On or around July 12, 2017 a sander that fits in a back of a truck was stolen from the back parking lot at St. Albert Centre. The heavy-duty lock on the sander was cut off.

The theft was not noticed for about one week, then the RCMP was notified.

The sander is silver and the brand name is Monroe.

A dump trailer was stolen from a driveway of a home under construction.

Sometime after 8 p.m. on May 23 and before 7 a.m. the next day a 2008 14-foot Titan dump trailer was stolen from the driveway of a home under construction in the Erin Ridge area.

The trailer is black and has four-foot-high walls and has an Alberta licence plate of Y22047.

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