07-27-2012, 06:02 PM
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We have tons of coyotes in our area....Basically I live in the middle of nowhere and I see at least one in the field next door every week. They're amazing, and they are VERY pretty if you get a close look at their coats. Usually they're very shy and will run away if they see a person in close quarters (Once I literally stepped ON one that was resting in a very thick pine forest I was hiking through with my dog-- he flew out of there so fast!!!). I don't worry about them bothering the horses where I board mine, because the horses have free choice so they are allowed to roam throughout the pastures, stables, and stalls. They're all over the place and if something wild bothers them, then the dominant geldings will either attack or the herds will go to the barn.
Chickens usually aren't a problem with being killed because the horses keep the coyotes away. There are also around 27 cats and 2 dogs at the stable, and none have ever been killed. Hawks are the only problem because there is a HUGE pigeon coop that is on top of one of the barns....They keep the hawks busy though. The pigeons have been feral for around 20 years now, so we don't miss them....plus their poop is messy.
I've never heard of bears attacking horses, even though we have some very aggressive black bears over here. One bear attacked a beagle that was chasing it, though, but most dogs will either stand their ground or run when they see a bear.
The only things I've seen killed by coyotes were a kitten (RIP little guy...) that was near my house, and a pygmy goat whose owner had it tied to a tree (NOT a good idea)....
I hope nobody is bothered by wild animals, though.
But anywho....coyotes are amazing in general. I believe someone has raised one and keeps it as a pet. It's as gentle and plays like any old dog. I think the website is dailycoyote.net but I'm not sure.