Lock up your pets, folks! We’re not touching the debate on if cats should be kept indoors or allowed to roam, but reports that a coyote might have killed a cat on Russian Hill have us double locking the imaginary cat door we do not actually have.

According to the Chronicle, Russian Hill resident (she lives on Greenwich between Leavenworth and Hyde) Melissa Dunn says her husband “let out the couple’s 2-year-old black cat, Ulubulu, at about 5:30 a.m.” They found his dead body in the bushes near their house around 7.

Dunn says she suspects Ulubulu met with his demise at the paws of a coyote her husband and her gardener (two different people) had seen in the area.

Animal Care and Control is investigating the case. Here’s the ACC’s page on coyotes in the city. People, if you see a coyote, leave it alone, OK?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • raqcoon

    Interesting that the hubby and gardener saw the coyote, but neither reported it until the cat died. And why did hubby let the cat out knowing there’s a killer k9 on the rampage? It’s a Dunn deal on the young cat that becomes the martyr, brings attention to a loose coyote in city proper. I don’t know how coyotes operate, but perhaps an older, more experienced feline with nasty claws, fast responses and innate skills could have averted attack, and maybe many of them have (e.g. did this coyote sojourn all the way from GGPark?). Was Dunn’s cat declawed? Certainly in tony Russian Hill that’s possible. I say two, possibly three, strikes against Dunn.

  • salsaman

    1) No witnesses so who’s to say what killed the cat?
    2) Could it have been a dog?
    3) Any word on Ulubulu’s cause of death?
    4) It’s pretty awesome to have a spouse with the same name!

  • Jeff D.

    hey now, i’m all for sharing. but that image – taken by me and used in a post on my blog – should probably have at least some attribution, if not a linkback. don’t ya think?


    coyote love!