Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
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?