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post #21 of 29 Old 07-23-2012, 08:42 AM
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The only thing I make sure of is that my horse are vaccinated for rabies. Coyotes can be rabid.. If they should tussle with the horses, bite one of them, you might not notice a small bite mark, but your horse if bitten, would become infected with rabies. My horses always get the rabies vaccine along with their normal vaccines....
We had a rabid coyote try to attack our car driving down the road. Ended up being killed by another car, but he was rabid, thank goodness nobody touched him before fish and game showed up to gather him up.
We shoot them if seen in the pasture or around the house, they are predators here and can be shot.
We are starting to see bear issues now, the wolves have pretty much desimated the herds in Yellowstone and the bears are starting to venture further from the park areas to find food.. Grizzly and black bear. Course Wolves are here also and killing whatever they want to.
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-23-2012, 09:14 AM
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Coyotes are smart boogers....
If they have ever been shot at usually they will peel out as soon as they see a human or a truck driving down the road. If they have no reason to scared of you and have never been shot at they can be quite bold.
I worked on a ranch in eastern WA that was also leased out for hunting. The hunters were allowed to shoot all the coyotes they wanted. You couldn't get within a mile of one, if they heard a truck coming they would take off zig zagging across the wheat stubble until they hit a draw.
Several times back home up high looking for strays I have had them follow me and my dog real close and I have had a small female jump my dog. I had to keep running over there with my horse to break it up, Twist would go back to pushing steers and that coyote jumped her 3 times before Twist got her pinned and she gave up and I chased her off a ways with out losing my steers. Same with cull calves that didnt get on the truck, we used to sit out there in the truck and pick them off several a day to keep them from taking those calves down. But those coyotes never got shot at so they didn't know to be scared.

I would start shooting at them.
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post #23 of 29 Old 07-23-2012, 09:56 AM
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I've had them come withing rake striking distance.
I had a small old beagle sized dog taken. Numerous poultry.

Coyotes also present a bit of a moral dilemma for me. I love listening to them sing. Interesting watching them hunt mice. I really admire their intelligence.

They do seem to know when I have a gun and when I don't. I have emptied clips 3 inches behind them across the pasture. Yes they do learn to dodge bullets. I'm not a bad shot and I've yet to connect with a coyote. Foxes no problem. Foxes take a straight run for cover.

My fenced area is nearly 20 acres so in order to salve my conscience a little I use an imaginary line in the sand for when I shoot and don't shoot. Pretty much the same line my old jack donk used and he was a wise coyote hunter.
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-25-2012, 08:51 PM
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I have a pack of coyotes that live around my house, in fact one day I looked out the window and one had ran right under my horses feet and not one of the three horses even noticed. I also had two mini horses that were never bothered. They are more scared of the horses than the horses are of them in my experience.
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post #25 of 29 Old 07-25-2012, 08:59 PM
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Coyotes I don't worry about, bears I do. I had a black bear chase my horses, I got them out of the pasture, called the conservation officer and he shot it. He said the bear is at the top of the food chain, however they don't usually attack & eat horses, but they do protect their "claimed" territory and will chase & possibly injure a horse if it can't get away & out of the bear's area.
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post #26 of 29 Old 07-25-2012, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wow. Very interesting the bears likely consider this their territory since they mess with my garbage every chance they get. Kinda scary. As long as my tb is on watch I don't think much will get to them. I've seen him stomp my dog when they first met and she decided she should chase him. Somehow he didn't hurt her. I don't think he wanted to.
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post #27 of 29 Old 07-26-2012, 09:46 AM
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I have bears. Only trouble I've had with them has been my own fault. Like leaving a bag of grain in the car overnight and finding one eating it after smashing out the window.

I just yell at them. They leave. But I only have black bears here.
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post #28 of 29 Old 07-27-2012, 04:46 PM
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You absolutely do not have to worry about coyotes. Actually, in my experience horses are actually a really great predator control animal. We have sheep and our sheep dog is quite old (13) and isn't able to go back to the back where the sheep are (she's in retirement I say haha). But the sheep loved my gelding, they literally followed him anywhere and we never had an issue with the coyotes since (and we have a lot by our place, even though we shoot/poison them). When I moved my gelding off my parents' farm I actually found them a free horse to eat pasture and protect the sheep (she's a 19 year old Arab) and the coyotes have been kept at bay with her too.
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post #29 of 29 Old 07-27-2012, 05:02 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 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 but I'm not sure.

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