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    07-22-2012, 11:40 PM
I would say it was a cougar that attacked that horse. But ppl say there are none around here. I bet there are. The woods are so deep and those animals so smart. The one I saw at a natural reserve safely behind a fence was enough for me. Their heads are massive they are very cool.
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    07-22-2012, 11:43 PM
I hear coyotes often and have had one walk with us on the trail (he wasn't stalking but he was walking a ways off parallel to us). Never seen them bother horses.
    07-22-2012, 11:44 PM
The 1st time I saw a coyote in the back yard I called the conservation department..they told me that coyote only prey on small animals like cats, small dogs, squirrels, rabbits..oh and she told me not to leave a human baby out alone..hah as if that would happen anyway...also we have mountain lions in this state and they told me that usually wild animals that prey for food are generally too lazy to "take down a horse" it requires a lot for them to do so. I trust they know what they are talking about since the coyotes never seem to be interested in the horses or my 60lb aussies!
    07-23-2012, 12:04 AM
Green Broke
We have seen bear and coyotes up at our vacation property and I don't worry about my horse. I wont go riding by my self though. The coyotes don't bother us at all. I wouldnt worry about it
    07-23-2012, 12:11 AM
We have alot of Coyotes here,I see them routinely when I walk the property. At night they venture right up into the back yard.They pay no mind to the horses or horses to them.They do however try to lure my dogs regularly.My BC thinks playing coyote tag is great,but I worry more for my Mini Aussie or cats to fall victim to them
    07-23-2012, 12:24 AM
Green Broke
Ditto what everyone else said. We have coyotes run through our property every night hunting rabbits. The horses get nervous, but the coyotes don't bother them. The only time I worried was when Havok was born, which is why we moved him close to the house.
    07-23-2012, 12:33 AM
We've had coyotes take down old and young horses. They are hard on calves, too.
    07-23-2012, 01:27 AM
Green Broke
Coyotes usually don't bother with horses. Usually. In a large pack and a single horse may be different. We have them here too. I've seen paw prints along the river that runs by our pasture. They may spook the horses but that's about it.

Coyotes population is so large, you don't need a license to hunt them. At least around here.

Mountain lions on the other hand will attack a horse if it's food is scarce. They will chase them and attack the slowest, injured or smallest. Some friends of ours had that happen last winter. One horse ended up caught in barbwire. He got too messed up that they had to put him down. Another they found dropped dead. They guess she had a heart attack from being out of shape and running through deep snow. The third was the one that the lion caught. It was a younger and smaller horse.

Usually you need a permit to hunt mtn lions. An exception is if they are on your property and endangering you or your livestock. At that point, you have the right to protect yourself and your livestock. That's what I've heard.
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    07-23-2012, 09:00 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by AdriaStitt    
The best thing to do would probably be put up electric fencing but then my kids would just shock the sh!t outa themselves.
They'd only get shocked once if it were my fence.

After that, they'd learn to stay off the fence.

Okay, if they aren't real smart it might take twice.
    07-23-2012, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
I did have a very large old goat taken out by coyotes. Kind of surprised me because Ernie was well over 100lbs and had a rack on him that was pretty formidable. I even had fish and game come out and check the carcass because I thought it was so unlikely that coyotes did it. However when F&G arrived there was a coyote on the carcass.

Interesting note...There were enough tracks around the kill spot where there was no doubt my studly old gelding had gotten into the skirmish at one point. Having seen the horses do the coyote stomp more than once I suspect old King attempted to help his goat friend.

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