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post #31 of 44 Old 10-07-2013, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Coyotes can vary somewhat in size and behavior depending on the region in which they live. There have also been some cases of coyotes crossbreeding with wolves, resulting in a larger and more aggressive "coywolf". So it is possible that you are both right about the habits of your local coyotes.
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Around here coyotes rarely come out during the day and "hangout"....and the ones that do get shot so fast they dont know what happend...I've never heard of a healthy coyote just hanging out during the day. But if you can't shoot it and don't have anyone who can then I would call animal control or get a donkey. I use to have a pony who was kept out with cows and she took care of the coyotes mighty fast. LOL
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Coyotes can vary somewhat in size and behavior depending on the region in which they live. There have also been some cases of coyotes crossbreeding with wolves, resulting in a larger and more aggressive "coywolf". So it is possible that you are both right about the habits of your local coyotes.
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I agree with this 100%. I believe what the others have posted and just relating my experiences. They do seem to be more aggressive near large cities and the suburbs. Shalom
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I wouldn't try another big dog to chase off coyote. The ******s here lured my friend's Great Dane mix into the woods and the whole pack of coyotes ganged up on him and shredded him to bits.
Is that why in the 60's the wolf became protected in Portugal? Because they were tearing up the Estrela's and setting up shop in the territory the dog had stacked out?

No, the Estrela's used for guarding herds and flocks had been tearing up wolves to the point of nearly eliminating them there. The poor wolves could help but be attracted to the easy prey that sheep and goats, etc... make, but unfortunately couldn't deal with the Estrela's (which were not such easy prey). So the government had to take steps to protect the wolves. The Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, and Estrela Mountain Dog are large dogs who's only purpose in life is to guard, protect and defend (they are not herding dogs like German Shepherds, etc....) They'll make no attempt to herd, but will defend fanitically. A Great Dane wouldn't even make a pale comparison. Dane's weren't bred and used for this purpose for over past 600, 1,000+ or in the case of the Estrela unknown number of years. It's what they are hard wired to do and why they are still used for that purpose today. I'd rather leave one of my children in the care of one than other dog I've ever owned including our German Shepherds and my current Mastiff. You'd have to actually see them in action.
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I know, I know, but when it's a pack of coyote against one large dog, well the odds are generally in pack's favor.
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I agree with this 100%. I believe what the others have posted and just relating my experiences. They do seem to be more aggressive near large cities and the suburbs. Shalom
And I am just relating mine.

We have not found coyotes that have crossed with either the native wolves that we've always had in WY, nor the introduced Canadian Grey. I haven't heard of that. We run into an occasional coy-dog.
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Coyotes, to a point, will be a product of their environment.
I have been places where you couldn't get within 1000 yards of one and if they heard a pickup coming down the gravel they would run off zig zagging because they had been shot at so many times.
And I have been followed closely by curious coyotes up in the mountains. They weren't scared because they had never been shot at. I have also had them fight with my BC dog while we were pushing steers. Because they had never been shot at, they had no fear and when we weaned calves I was riding through a couple times a day and seeing them out with the calves stalking the sick ones. After a couple of days of shooting them(some we killed some we missed) they become more elusive.

OP, I suggest asking someone to come shoot it.

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As many have already pointed out, disease and the safety of a small dog would be a real concern. I would get the appropriate animal control group - yesterday - to remove it and not kill it, though. I have had to deal w coyotes all my life, I have yet to have to shoot one, not that I haven't prepared to do so under certain circumstances - nor would I have hesitated had it "come to that". But, the threat of rabies? It needs to be removed.

I use to only have kelpies. Coyotes are afraid of two or more of them - they have very similar "mannerisms" when it comes to stalking something. Other than that, I wouldn't trust the safety of any "free to roam" dog w a pack around....or a little dog with one around.

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I appreciate all of the input. I haven't actually seen the little stinker in a couple of days though, so maybe he figured out that he was overstaying his non-existent welcome. I'll keep an eye out of course, but it won't be worth it to call someone out to try to get him when he's not around.
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A couple of years ago a tornado came through and blocked the road to the farm house. I walked the last mile home across the pastures leaving my range rover on the road. 3 coyotes followed me almost all the way it until my pitbulls came out to greet me. They promptly disappeared. I was not afraid at all and enjoyed seeing them as close as they were. I think they have an undeserved bad reputation. Yes small pets are at risk but a mare or an angry cow are more than a match for them. Shalom
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