In Campbell River, a coastal city in British Columbia, Canada, two bald eagles have been seen picking up domestic cats in their talons and then flying over to some rocks on a beach in front of the Anchor Inn whereupon they drop the cats from a height of about 70 feet, which kills them. It makes me wonder whether this is a deliberate way to kill prey for the bald eagle. Certainly, other bird species drop their prey onto rocks from a height. This is usually to break open the carapace or shell of animals
The original story is not about this method of killing these cats but about the simple fact that people are seeing two very confident, juvenile eagles hunting domestic cats in Campbell River. Apparently, one of them landed on the decking of someone’s house to look for something to eat; quite possibly another domestic cat.
These hunting sorties are occurring between the 1st and 4th Avenues in Campbell River. It is highly unusual for bald eagles to prey on the domestic cat. Prey is usually fish and possibly squirrels, ducks turtles and geese etc. but not cats.
For me, living in the UK, reading about this, it highlights the reason for keeping cat companions in the home in North America or at least closely supervising them when they are outside. This is not the sort of thing that would ever happen in the United Kingdom.