i was up at my sisters cottage at lake catchacoma, and my dog was running up and down their driveway. my boyfriend was at the top of the driveway when he looked over and saw this huge eagle swooping down at chewy. this bird was so close to chewy that he had his wings spread out and its talons down ready to grab my baby! my boyfriend was banging on his truck and making a lot of noise and the eagle did a 90 degree turn upward and dissapeared. i dont know what i would have done if it had got a hold of chewy, and im still in shock about this whole thing! please be cautious when you have small pets it the brush.
It has happened before and it will again. You must keep an eye on the little ones. Another problelm encountered when you get into the forests are coyotes, you cannot let the tiny ones or for that matter the medium size ones, out without watching them. We have seen as many as 5 coyotes running together. Not often mind you, but we have seen it.
Just be vigilant, an eagle or any other large bird of prey usually will not stick around with a human making noises.
I haven't lost a dog to a bird or coyote, but I have had a cat disappear and a baby goat also. Even large dogs are in danger if alone and attacked by a pack of coyotes.I live in a rural area and all my cats are now indoors only and the small dogs are out on a leash or in the fence with Bullmastiffs and a person present at all times. I never leave even the big dogs outside alone.
Sometimes i see Hawks circle when i have pom puppies out running around but they are never unsupervised so i don't worry about the hawk checking us out. I bet if he got the chance though he'd swoop down and have himself a fine meal about the size of a young bunny ;)