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post #21 of 45 Old 02-15-2011, 03:17 PM
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We have 3 packs in the area. Once in a great while they will all come together, and their meet-up point seems to be my neighbor's yard. The horse fence we have around wouldn't stop them, but it probably deters them from entering our yard. There is a wash that goes within 20 feet of our corrals. The mare mostly ignores them. The gelding lived in the open on ranches, and he gets very upset. However, I can't imagine them tackling two healthy horses, or surviving if they did.

My dogs hate coyotes, but they don't try to engage them either. The older dog we gave to my daughter had spent some time around them because he used to get out and stay in the desert for 24-36 hours. He hates coyotes as well, but avoids them if possible. When the other two were pups, Dan would stand guard over them while they retreated to the back porch. I think Dan somehow got the idea across that coyotes were dangerous and not to be tackled unless cornered. At 50 lbs, the Border Collie is about the size of the coyotes around here, while the Australian Shepherd is larger - but 2 against 6 or 10 wouldn't work out so well either.

Mostly, I'll just see 2-3 moving along the wash. As long as they are just passing thru, neither horse gets too upset. The dogs will bark, but won't give chase.
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post #22 of 45 Old 02-16-2011, 12:39 PM
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We have coyotes everywhere and haven't had any issues with them attacking cattle, horses, chickens, ducks, people or any other creatures on our farm. I live fairly close to the forest, with ridges and such that coyotes live in.

Canines are smart animals, I'm sure they could have driven the cow into the barbed wire fencing. Or perhaps the cow just didn't see it and tried to get away. If food is very scarce, they could try and get harder prey like a horse. Most canines hunt in packs, from what I know. If natural food isn't there, they might try to get something from a farmer or a rancher. They'd probably go towards poultry first, then maybe cows, and if they had to horses. I think horses would be last resort, if there is one [or a very small group] out alone in a smaller pasture away from high-traffic areas.

Just my thoughts with my experiences. Our land isn't hunted much, so they have there own prey. Our horses have a pasture closer to the roads, and the barns are pretty much front-and-center with traffic going by them constantly. We have multiple farm dogs that are outside, and we have quite a few smaller dogs [not toy breeds, but smaller herders] that are fenced in. I don't think I coyote would even want to mess with us, or have any reason to. But different places have different deals. That's why I don't like the idea of a huge pasture out of sight. Not that we have the land, but coyotes and other factors can take a toll on the animals if they're too far out.

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post #23 of 45 Old 02-16-2011, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Our neighbors also have chickens, guineas and peacocks. The guineas and peacocks are up here all the time looking for dropped grain so I know exactly how big the flocks are - 12 guineas and 3 peacocks. A year ago a guinea and two peacocks disappeared. Maybe a coyote got them but a year later their numbers haven't changed so either the coyotes aren't that desperate or the birds got smarter. Occasionally I hear a few gunshots late at night and have always thought some neighbor within a couple miles is chasing a coyote away from chickens or trash.
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post #24 of 45 Old 02-16-2011, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by twogeldings View Post
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.

I, personally, own a pack of wolves and am part of a large community of "domesticated" wolf owners. I have studied wolves for years and what you are saying is not true! They DO NOT hunt for just for fun. You should check your facts first before spreading misinformation.
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post #25 of 45 Old 02-16-2011, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
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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post #26 of 45 Old 03-23-2015, 09:33 AM
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I watched a coyote and my 2 horses last night. They were totally indifferent to each other and the coyote was looking for rodents not 10 feet away from my grazing horse. Interesting to see such little reaction.
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post #27 of 45 Old 03-23-2015, 01:32 PM
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I ride with coyotes in the wash next to where i board my horse. most people get upset but i dont care. they are fallowing me because y horse sturrs up rabbits they they then hunt down.

In colorado we had wolves, bears, mountain lions and coyotes. NEVER had an issue with any of them with the horses, including the foals. They would all come to the pond for a drink but that was it. our horses where too healthy and fast for them. we also had a ornery donkey, 4 llamas and a mule. Donkey was the one stomping coyotes who got to carless.
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post #28 of 45 Old 03-23-2015, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tonipaw View Post
I watched a coyote and my 2 horses last night. They were totally indifferent to each other and the coyote was looking for rodents not 10 feet away from my grazing horse. Interesting to see such little reaction.
Here, too. Our horses ignore both the coyote and fox hunting in the fields, and both will scurry away if the horses get too close.
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post #29 of 45 Old 03-23-2015, 02:38 PM
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We have loads of coyotes and foxes, and also a mountain lion in the area.

Most all of us have livestock, some have lots of smaller babies (chicks, ducklings, goat kids and lambs) a lot of the time, and the only "wildlife-attributable" attack we know of was a neighbor's small dog. (It's so obnoxious and prone to harrass neighboring farms that some of us aren't even sure if it was wildlife, or someone's loose livestock guardian dog or feral dog, which we also have a few of around)

We hear and see multiple coyotes regularly near our property, and I've seen the tracks through the snow to prove they do cut through even the pens and paddock up by the barn on occasion (also I have seen a fox pass right between them once on her way back to the ravine behind us), but they don't seem to bother my paint mare or the mini-donk at all. They don't even so much as flick an ear at them even when they are very close and there are several (ours travel in packs pretty often as well). I suspect in the winter they are probably hunting rabbits, rats & mice and chipmunks, which we are lousy with.

Now in the suburbs...that's a different story and we have seen increasing stories of coyote attacks on smaller pets...even scaling fences to get to them. So my thought is if you live in an area with ample natural prey, they most likely won't seek out healthy domesticated animals.
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post #30 of 45 Old 03-23-2015, 02:58 PM
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A cow sounds like awful big prey for a coyote to me but I read a couple of days ago about people having trouble with squirrels killing their chickens (we have chickens) and I was shocked. I guess that anything is possible if the animal wants to eat it bad enough. We saw a coyote in the woods behind our house years ago and neighbors have seen them. I haven't heard of any attacking any horses/cows yet though.
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