Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Thanks for all of the input from everyone. Given that I have absolutely no experience with guns and we live in a more suburban area where people can be around at any time (kids playing, joggers, walkers, bicyclists, riders, etc) I don't think that shooting to kill will be a good option for me. I think I will try shooting it with an air rifle to at least deter it from hanging around so much. If it persists or starts to behave even more boldly (running towards people instead of away) I will probably end up calling in a professional to trap it and euthanize it.
The fact is, the coyotes are around. I've heard whole packs of them yipping and yowling, seen a group of them cross through my pasture, and watched two of them fight in our driveway in the middle of the night. I know that my small animals (dog, cats) are at a certain risk no matter what and I have taken as many precautions as I can to try to stack the odds in their favor. It's mainly just this particularly bold/persistent coyote that I am concerned about.