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post #1 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Can coyotes pose a danger to my horses?

We have two large packs of coyotes. I counted over 8 adults and several puppies in one pack. I noticed they are coming closer to the house. My dogs are not allowed outside at night, due to the large numbers of coyotes. The horses are in their paddock with a run in shelter across from the house at night. Both of my horses are adults on is a 1300 pound Foxtrotter gelding the other a 1100 pound Quater horse mare. Are they in any danger from the coyotes?
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 08:21 PM
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Stranger things have happened, but I wouldn't worry.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 08:24 PM
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I have a feeling they aren't xoyotes if they're in a pack that large and arw bold enough to come close to the house. They're probably coyote/wild dog crosses, and THOSE may very well pose a danger in the large numbered group you've described, especially with the pups.

Coyotes do not normally (very rarely) stay in packs that large, they're mostly closer to 2-5 animals.

If they really are pure coyotes, I couldn't tell you if they pose a threat or not, as I've never even heard of that many being in the same area (let alone a pack) around me.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 08:25 PM
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In MI it is year round shoot to kill same as feral pigs. I would only do this if a large "pack" was in my area causing issues. Larger groups have been sighted, normal or not. Sounds like you may have some future issues, but maybe they will move on. What are your hunting laws on coyotes?
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Probably not to the adult horses but if you ever get anything young or like miniature. I would be worried.

My three dogs actually took down a coyote last week. I was surprised but glad as we have cows calving and do not need them wandering into the yard.
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 08:32 PM
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No they wouldn't hurt your horses. If you had foals then they might try to eat it.
A grown horse would stomp on it. Coyotes are really not very big, just alot of hair.
I would be worried about your dogs, I have heard one one louring your dog away and the rest join in and attack.
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I have the same concerns. Im in MI and we do have year round permission to shoot if needed. You bet with my 3 dogs, a cat, horses and a foal on the way...Im locked and loaded.
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I have a feeling they aren't xoyotes if they're in a pack that large and arw bold enough to come close to the house. They're probably coyote/wild dog crosses, and THOSE may very well pose a danger in the large numbered group you've described, especially with the pups.

Coyotes do not normally (very rarely) stay in packs that large, they're mostly closer to 2-5 animals.

If they really are pure coyotes, I couldn't tell you if they pose a threat or not, as I've never even heard of that many being in the same area (let alone a pack) around me.
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They are getting very bold in this area and can even be seen at daylight. I think as long as the food is plentiful your horses should be fine although the deer population took a big hit this year....
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I don't worry about them. We have tons of coyotes around my place. I had a 4 month old baby here last year, but she's huge now! My dogs stay outside at night and my German Shepard knows how to deal with them so I don't worry about him either. He is my watch dog though always out doing his rounds on the property. When I hear him bark at night I know the coyotes are close. But they always seem to stay off the property. I have 5 outside cats and haven't lost any yet lol.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-15-2013, 09:16 PM
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It really depends. If my three werent together I woukd be very worried about the coyotes baiting a dog into the pack and killing it. Seen it a few times where one will bait a dog, come running down the hill and out pop 5 more and start circling the dog. Luckily someone has been around with a gun everytime I have seen this. They aren't usually stupid.
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