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post #1 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Coyote Pest Control?

We've had a recent issue with a coyote hanging out at the barn that I manage. We have an apple tree in the front paddock and this coyote has been spending just about all day every day snacking on the apples and hanging out in our front yard. It has gotten to the point that it really doesn't mind people coming and going with their horses. This is a problem. Some of the horses are more on edge because of the coyote. I am also concerned that it might become "territorial" and threaten some of the boarders. Most importantly, I am concerned about our barn cats and our 12 year old dachshund -- I don't want them to become this coyote's second course.

I need to convince this coyote to move on along. Yelling, throwing rocks, and giving chase hasn't done much. The coyote lazily jogs just out of range, waits until you turn away, and then comes right on back. I am thinking of getting a pellet gun or something, but I don't have much knowledge about them. I would like to cause the coyote pain and discomfort enough to make it stay away, but I don't want to break skin or injure it enough to risk killing it (partly because I'm in a suburban area and our county is super strict about wildlife). What sort of pellet or BB gun would hit hard enough to hurt without causing lasting damage?
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If it is a threat to your animals, then you have every right to shoot it. Coyotes are cowards and won't cause any harm to you or the horses, but they would easily kill that dog of yours, or the cat.

That thing would be dead before it even took the first bite of the apple if I found it in my yard.

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post #3 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 05:47 AM
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I would like to cause the coyote pain and discomfort enough to make it stay away, but I don't want to break skin or injure it enough to risk killing it (partly because I'm in a suburban area and our county is super strict about wildlife).
Talk to your county animal control. Around here they would come and trap a nuisance coyote if you don't want to harm it.
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post #4 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 07:17 AM
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Agree with SH. Shoot it. Coyotes are smart, throwing rocks will do nothing. And yes your animals are at stake. Especially when this one coyote starts to bring his pack around.

Any coyote that steps on my property that I see, I will shoot to kill. My animals safety comes first, always.
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post #5 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 07:50 AM
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22-250 would be a nice round to take out the coyote.
Many states do not have a problem with coyote removal.

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A mule or donkey would take care of it pretty quick

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post #7 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 10:22 AM
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Around here cats & small dogs are referred to as "coyote bait". They are recognized as a "nuisance animal" and most states have no closed season. Coyotes are one of the primary carriers for rabies in this country. There is no good reason to leave that thing alive to cause problems at your barn.

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post #8 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 12:52 PM
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Unfortunately, I've lost a cat or two to coyotes over the years and its distressing for that to happen. Once they start coming in they get bolder and bolder. The cat killer that was in my yard went over to the neighbours and went right in their barn (its mistake as the owner was home and dispatched it with a rifle right in the barn).

If don't want to or can't kill it, I think you could ask the trap and release question of animal control/wildlife agency in your area. If you want to sting it, you might try an air rifle. They're usually single shot, you "break" them in the middle to put in the pellet and to compress the air for firing. You can get pretty accurate with those and if you shot from a distance you shouldn't penetrate the skin but the beasty will feel it for sure - I'm not a hunter (I hope other members will comment on this) but I think the safest place to hit the coyote to do minimal damage, but still get the message across, would be in the back leg/thigh area.
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post #10 of 44 Old 10-05-2013, 02:17 PM
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I would be putting an end to that coyote sooner rather than later.Not only is it a danger to your animals,but when they get that bold,it can also become a danger to people,as my brother can attest to!
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