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  • Are coyotes dangerour to horses
  • Equine protection from coyotes

 
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    11-07-2009, 08:29 AM
  #11
Showing
By all means, shooting them is the only way to get rid of them or, at least, keep the numbers under control.

A .22, IMO, is too light a caliber to use and, unless you are a crack shot, you will end up with a lot of wounded animals. The minimum I would use would be a .22 mag but I'm a competitive shooter. For the average person, nothing smaller then what you would use for deer - even 00 buck shot or slugs is better.
     
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    11-07-2009, 09:24 AM
  #12
Weanling
Coyotes in Oklahoma are a big problem to, not so much for livestock but if you own chickens that's another story. They aren't typically pack animals most hunt alone however I have heard stories of them running in small packs. The area I live is also very saturated within a 10 mile radius probably over 100 or so. One of the best things to get is a pyrenees or other livestock protection dog they are coyote killing machines and any coyote with half a brain won't come anywhere near where a pyrenees patrols..they do cover a large area around their home.
Other than that it's shoot them on sight..if you see them. Hybrids do pose another problem being part domesticated they have no fear of humans and will go after small livestock and often do run in packs.
     
    11-07-2009, 09:28 AM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Quit the pellet gun crap and get a real rifle and learn how to shoot it. I would love to go to a place with 50+ coyotes. There would soon be many fewer. If they are a hazard to pets and livestock it is time to reduce numbers and that means killing them.
This is what I do here. However if you do not hit it the first time you will not get a second chance. Once they hear gun fire they are off and gone. I am about 1500 feet from the state forest which is hundreds of acres. The Coyotes will come right up to the fence line every so often. I just shoot off the shotgun into the air as at night with the tree line you can not see them. They stay gone for quite some time.
     
    11-07-2009, 12:52 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Yeah, coyotes are typically pretty docile and wimpy, but the minute the numbers grow like that, they turn into an entirely new breed of animal. When there's not enough food to go around, they turn into any other predator because they know they have nothing to lose - they're going to starve to death anyway.

You can't play around when the population explodes like that, because they figure it out fast. And they're now a dangerous animal you can't just chase off because they WILL challange you if they're hungry enough. Starving predators don't use cunning anymore, they're desperate and they'll go after anything that moves just to survive.

Learn how to use a gun or find someone with a gun. The disease and havoc they can wreck on an area can be devastating.
     
    11-07-2009, 03:09 PM
  #15
Yearling
I will talk to my grandpa about shooting or at least firing a shot. The nieghbours have a gaurd dog that helps out but he doent go where my horse is going to live.
     
    11-07-2009, 03:39 PM
  #16
Foal
Haha! Yeah we have coyotes around here as well. Get yourself a donkey. Any donkey I have ever seen have chased and trompled down coyotes.....

And as you say I am a animal "freak" as well. So much where I have a coyote. My friend has a donkey in there field and it killed the mom. My friend's Dad was going to kill the pup but my friend took it and asked me to take care of him. I did and he hasn't left.

But once again if your worried get a donkey!
     
    11-07-2009, 10:56 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
By all means, shooting them is the only way to get rid of them or, at least, keep the numbers under control.

A .22, IMO, is too light a caliber to use and, unless you are a crack shot, you will end up with a lot of wounded animals. The minimum I would use would be a .22 mag but I'm a competitive shooter. For the average person, nothing smaller then what you would use for deer - even 00 buck shot or slugs is better.
I would suggest something light abd easy to handle like a pistol caliber rifle. I use a Winchester 94 in 45 Colt. But Marlin 1894 in 357 mag or 44 mag would be fine. Or 30/30.

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Yeah, coyotes are typically pretty docile and wimpy, but the minute the numbers grow like that, they turn into an entirely new breed of animal. When there's not enough food to go around, they turn into any other predator because they know they have nothing to lose - they're going to starve to death anyway.

You can't play around when the population explodes like that, because they figure it out fast. And they're now a dangerous animal you can't just chase off because they WILL challange you if they're hungry enough. Starving predators don't use cunning anymore, they're desperate and they'll go after anything that moves just to survive.

Learn how to use a gun or find someone with a gun. The disease and havoc they can wreck on an area can be devastating.
That is true and everyone needs to be careful, exspecially if their is a large increase in numbers of coyotes. Or if a new predator species such as a wolf moves into the area. The first thing they do is run or kill off the coyotes.

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Originally Posted by BarneyBabby    
Haha! Yeah we have coyotes around here as well. Get yourself a donkey. Any donkey I have ever seen have chased and trompled down coyotes.....

And as you say I am a animal "freak" as well. So much where I have a coyote. My friend has a donkey in there field and it killed the mom. My friend's Dad was going to kill the pup but my friend took it and asked me to take care of him. I did and he hasn't left.

But once again if your worried get a donkey!
While I agree a gun is a good start but you can't be there 24/7 guarding your herd or animal. And a donkey will be. I would suggest going with a 1 2 punch. I have a gun but also have a donkey to guard the herd.
     
    11-07-2009, 11:14 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Like everyone else said: shoot 'em
I personally find no joy in hunting animals, haha, but when anything threatens my horses I would shoot it in a heartbeat. I've chased off coyotes with a stick quite a few times, just yell and they usually run, if they don't, make urself look big and throw some rocks or a stick....if any coyote gets used to that then it should be shot.

I love to hear the sound of a pack of coyotes/wolves howling in the night tho it makes me feel at home
     
    11-08-2009, 04:23 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by close2prfct    
Coyotes in Oklahoma are a big problem to, not so much for livestock but if you own chickens that's another story. They aren't typically pack animals most hunt alone however I have heard stories of them running in small packs. The area I live is also very saturated within a 10 mile radius probably over 100 or so. One of the best things to get is a pyrenees or other livestock protection dog they are coyote killing machines and any coyote with half a brain won't come anywhere near where a pyrenees patrols..they do cover a large area around their home.
Other than that it's shoot them on sight..if you see them. Hybrids do pose another problem being part domesticated they have no fear of humans and will go after small livestock and often do run in packs.
theres no coyotes over here just the odd mad dog but yeh I can see ow the hybrid would be a lo more dangerous
     
    11-08-2009, 04:24 PM
  #20
Weanling
You should borrow my SIL's mare. She's 18 hands and according to my SIL calls coyotes target practice... She actually has 3 turkeys hanging out with her for protection.
Joke aside, if it is that bad, can you talk to whoever is in charge of the forest area and see if they are/can do anything about it?
     

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