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post #1 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Coyotes?

Last night I heard coyotes, or what I think are coyotes, for the first time. It started out with a single one making little yelps. I thought it was a cat since my neighbor has many barn cats, but soon it turned into a chorus of what seemed like 10 doing their yelps at the same time. Do these sound like coyotes? Me and my mom noticed them when it was dark out, (11:00 pm and 7:00 am). Our horses are stalled at night, but are coyotes horse aggressive? Also, if I rode my horse back to where I think they are, would they attack us?

I'm just really curious where they are since I lived out here in Grand Haven, MI for 8 years and never heard them. I am a very solid rider so I'm fairly certain if my horse spooked or we had to flee, I could make it home quick. (1 minute gallop from our house to what field I think they are in)

Anyone else have experience like this?
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-28-2013, 10:53 PM
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Your horses are safe and so are you.
What sounded like 10 is probably only 2 or 3. They are too small to attack a full grown healthy horse. Coyotes eat mostly rodents insects and vegatation. Neither you or your horse are on the menu. Shalom
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Your horses are safe and so are you.
What sounded like 10 is probably only 2 or 3. They are too small to attack a full grown healthy horse. Coyotes eat mostly rodents insects and vegatation. Neither you or your horse are on the menu. Shalom
Thank goodness! I just remember my aunt having problems with coyotes getting her deer (she's a nature freak) and I really didn't want to come out to a banged up horse one day.

I was freaking out though! I'm already very panicky in the dark., where if I hear a rustle I run to the house, and now coyotes are in the mix.
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Your dog or cat could very well be on the menu. In urban areas, that is the coyotes' diet. In one ravine off to the side of a big city, they found the coyote's hiding spot and 35 pet collars.
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Your dog or cat could very well be on the menu. In urban areas, that is the coyotes' diet. In one ravine off to the side of a big city, they found the coyote's hiding spot and 35 pet collars.


My neighbors cats can be eaten, but my dogs are hopefully smart enough to avoid them. (Probably not but oh well)
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Coyotes are sneaky, one will befriend & play with a dog, then lure it back to their pack, & kill it.
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Where I live at, coyotes are becoming an increasing nuisance, however, they are pretty reclusive. They may take an occasional pet dog or cat, but I have seen them run right through our pastures and not even look at the horse. As someone else stated, they typically are after small prey and don't usually pack hunt from what I have seen.
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Coyotes are sneaky, one will befriend & play with a dog, then lure it back to their pack, & kill it.
Wow, my dogs would definitely fall for that.
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Where I live at, coyotes are becoming an increasing nuisance, however, they are pretty reclusive. They may take an occasional pet dog or cat, but I have seen them run right through our pastures and not even look at the horse. As someone else stated, they typically are after small prey and don't usually pack hunt from what I have seen.
I have a feeling I am going to take a late night field ride and see where these little devils are
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We hear several different packs every night. Or they move around alot. Will hear them just south of us, then south west, then south east. Never to the north, but town is towards the north, and more open area south. So far they have left the horses alone. But, A few months ago, I brought 2 rescues home, one was too far gone and he died the second night here, he was half gone by morning. We burried him, but see where they dug down to him. I cleaned up a bunch of cactus in the pasture, and put it over the site, they haven't dug anymore.

ETA: Sometimes they sound like they are just behind the house in the pasture, but we haven't actually seen them, just heard them.
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