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  • Can a pack of coyotes take a horse down
  • Does wild animals attack horses in pastures in michigan?

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    02-14-2011, 08:19 PM
Wow, it bothers me to hear that they actually do hunt in packs. When I hear them yipping and yowling at night I've comforted myself with the thought that if they did anything, it would only be one going after something really small, a cat or a chicken. My horses have lots of room to room to run, minimum of 1 1/2 acres, depending on which pasture they're in, and hopefully the two of them fighting together would drive off any pack. But one side of two pastures borders my neighbor's, and is bob-wire (neighbor had it up long before we moved in.) The horses leave it alone so we haven't replaced it, there's been so much to do getting 2 other pastures ready. Hopefully it was just that the cow got tangled up somehow and they moved in on something already helpless. We've been here 2 1/2 years and this is the first we've heard of coyotes killing something so large.
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    02-14-2011, 08:42 PM
I believe that coyotes only go for larger animals (anything bigger than a weanling calf) out of desperation. I don't believe that coyotes would try or even be able to drive a full grown cow into a fence to the point where she got tangled and died. We've got millions of coyotes around my area and other than the occasional foal/calf or smaller pet like a cat or a dog, nobody has ever lost any stock to them.
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    02-14-2011, 11:44 PM
When you call in coyotes for hunting, you usually get a pair. Sometimes just one, but generally a pair.

The best thing you can do with coyotes is either live trap them or shoot them. They're as common as head lice. Generally they don't go after calves and such unless they are really hungry. Coyotes honestly prefer scavenged meals, or already wounded animals.

WOLVES on the other hand, WILL take down dogs, calves, foals, etc. REGARDLESS of how hungry they are. They take down larger animals just for the fun of it, who ever came up with the idea to reintroduce them was out of their minds. I would check and see if your area has a wolf population or not. Wolves are far more aggressive then 'yotes.
    02-15-2011, 12:00 AM
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We have coyotes everywhere out here. Packs as large as 5 or 6 are fairly common, and I've seen them as big as my Malinois. They usually hunt small game (rabbits, cats, chickens), but are very oportunistic. I wouldn't put it past them to go for a cow if they thought it was an easy meal. They only one I every heard of going after a healthy horse ended up being rabid.
    02-15-2011, 06:48 AM
We have a pack of 8 or so coyotoes in the swamp behind our farm. I talked to Fish & Wildlife and they said coyotes don't normally go after livestock or horses but they have been know to attack a lone human. He did warn me that because I have blind horses they might sence their handicap and try to corner 1 but my sighted horses would no doubt frighten they off.
I do not like to kill animals but if we have coyotes or wild dogs within 100 yards of the barn they are shot. I just am not taking the chance. We had 4 minis killed by wild dogs about a month ago.
    02-15-2011, 11:57 AM
Well, I guess I shouldn't worry too much, it doesn't sound like they'd go after my two horses, who are always together. Like I said it's been 2 1/2 years and this is the first trouble I've heard of. I hope it was just an unusual situation with the cow.
    02-15-2011, 12:28 PM
Coyotes are getting less afraid of people and becoming more aggressive hunters. They've been known as more solitary hunters, and would call out to the pack after a kill, but things are shifting. Their patterns and techniques are beginning to resemble those of a pack of wolves where every member has its own job in a chase.
The number of attacks is on the rise, and not just on larger animals, but on children. :(

My aunts horse was eaten by coyotes after it had gotten its halter stuck on fencing. It's more rare of them to attack a free roaming horse, but it still makes me nervous.
    02-15-2011, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
I believe that coyotes only go for larger animals (anything bigger than a weanling calf) out of desperation. I don't believe that coyotes would try or even be able to drive a full grown cow into a fence to the point where she got tangled and died. We've got millions of coyotes around my area and other than the occasional foal/calf or smaller pet like a cat or a dog, nobody has ever lost any stock to them.
Ah - the average weaning weight of a beef calf is about 500 pounds. . .
    02-15-2011, 01:29 PM
That's a shame about your aunt's horse. It sounds like the same situation as my neighbor's cow - got itself trapped and then got picked off before it could get free. I used to enjoy listening to the coyotes at night, but I'll never be able to listen to them howling without feeling uneasy now.
    02-15-2011, 01:31 PM
We have lots of coyotes, you can here them really loud right now when you ride at night ! None of the horses have ever been hurt or killed so I wouldnt worry too much

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