Eagles snatching up cats in Campbell River

Alice Marie Warner has witnessed what she called the horrifying sights of two eagles attacking cats in her neighbourhood.

"Over the last 10 days, three cats, an orange tabby, a grey and white and a black and white cat, have been carried off by these young eagles," said Warner, who lives right across from the Anchor Inn on the Island Highway. "Same goes for my dad, he saw it too. The eagles went right over our house and then flew across to the rocks on the beach in front of the Anchor Inn and dropped the cats."

According to eagle experts, a bald eagle capturing a cat is not impossible, but highly unusual.

Their main diet is fish, but they are opportunistic and will eat squirrels, ducks, seagulls, turtles and Canada geese. They will also eat carcasses, including deer.