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Coyotes again

So for the second night in a row Apple has spotted coyotes at my farm. I think it was the same two that came the night before, and she let me know right away that they were in the yard. So just like we practice I called her over to my side, made her stand down and this time actually fired a shot. It was a warning shot so I didn't get one of them, but they took off running. This is now the second night in a row that I've had the same two coyotes in the yard and Apple alerted me. I told my husband if it happens again tonight this time I'm going to have to shoot to kill because I can't have coyotes come in after my livestock or my chickens or my dog. I am very proud of my protector and the way she did what we have practiced. The noise didn't phase her because of our practice. I will let you know if I get them tonight.
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It's amazing how well many Dobermans quickly become inured to the sharp report of firearms. Rifles are way more forgiving than handguns or shotguns. My varmint rifle is a .17 HMR. Pretty quiet.

We've had coyotes in our urban neighborhood for years. They actually co-exist pretty well. Their primary prey are squirrels and small rodents. In the city, I will take them anytime over the vicious and fearless raccoons that we have to deal with. What I can't deal with are the idiots that feed them, either intentionally or inadvertently.

Oh well......

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John, I have Livestock and chickens that the coyotes are after. I prefer to use 22 rifle and I will be waiting tonight. I can co exist with nature just stay out of my yard. The rest of my acres are theirs to have peacefully lol
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John, I have Livestock and chickens that the coyotes are after. I prefer to use 22 rifle and I will be waiting tonight. I can co exist with nature just stay out of my yard. The rest of my acres are theirs to have peacefully lol

Oh, Don't get me wrong.... I would remove them (permanently) also if I was in your situation. .22's work fine on coyotes. I used a Remington bolt action .22 for years. The .17 just has a much greater velocity and a very flat trajectory well beyond a tradition .22 LR's accurate range

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Didn't see them last night-maybe they moved on
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We've got coyotes too

I live on an large acreage in South Dakota (no farm animals) and we have many foxes, coyotes, and other critters that roam around. We have 2 dobes, Lola (85 lbs) and Jack (140 lbs). Lola is our go-getter and Jack is a real scaredy cat. One night a few months back Jack and Lola were outside in our huge fenced in yard (approx. 1/2 acre is fenced in with chain link and is "escape proof") when Jack started running to the door like Mach 3 with his fur on fire and began frantically scratching at the door to get back into the house. I opened the door for him when I noticed Lola running back and forth along the fence line. When I looked closer, I noticed a male coyote running along the fence with her (on the other side). I freaked out and started calling for her and, naturally, she totally ignored me. She was actually having FUN. As I approached Lola, the coyote ran off, but it did give me a scare-- I'm sure the coyote could have jumped the fence if he'd really wanted to. The very next evening Lola badly wanted outside, and the coast was clear. She immediately ran to the corner of the fence and began barking earnestly towards the woods. Within a couple minutes 3 large coyotes showed up and she started wagging her tail,ready to play. It was obvious that she was actually CALLING for them to come, and they did. Needless to say, I dragged her back into the house and the coyotes ran off. (Jack wants nothing to do with any drama or potential trouble and he was hiding behind me-- so much for relying on him to protect me). Now, I know what most are going to tell me and I don't need the warnings.... I completely understand the danger of coyotes on my property. I wasn't concerned that they were rabid-- they appeared waaay too healthy and well nourished for that. I don't own firearms and don't intend to get one. I don't kill animals. We're extremely careful and the dogs don't go out without constant supervision. I just wanted to share the story
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That's a funny story. If coyotes are healthy and not looking for food then I would just let them be. I have had my fair share of foxes, skunks and opossums too. My livestock are locked in at night but the 2 I had were totally up to no good. I haven't seen them since so between my dog and the one warning shot, they are gone 😍
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Interesting, My grandparents have coyotes on their property and as long as they stay at a distance we let them be. We just have to make sure the dogs are supervised.
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I dont kill them either, but Im pretty sure they got my indoor cat who escaped one day (pushed the screen out of an open window and was gone). Theyre death, literally, to small dogs, cats and other small creatures. Supervise during the day, and keep your animals inside at night.
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Haven't seen them anymore and NO tracks in the snow- I'm glad they moved on and got the message that Apple and I aren't playing around. I would not take pleasure in killing any animal, even a predator so I'm glad that it didn't come down to that .
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Wow!

I like my wildlife. Except the snakes that cause me a huge vet bill.

I hear my coyotes, but never see them here. They sound closer than they really are.
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Snakes?

Why have snakes caused a huge vet bill? Has your dog suffered a snake bite?
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I advise shooting them if given the opportunity. If you saw 2, there are probably at least 6-8. They are skiddish in small numbers but will attack dogs in packs and almost even seem to lure them out if given the chance. If they are close to homes they are hungry. I have shot 3 in the back of my subdivision in the past 2 months using my suppressed .223.
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Why have snakes caused a huge vet bill? Has your dog suffered a snake bite?
Yep! Thought it was one bite, but turned out she had several. She's a Rat Terrier. So, there you go!

Huge bill from "a" little snake. Copperhead. Baby copperhead.
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I advise shooting them if given the opportunity. If you saw 2, there are probably at least 6-8. They are skiddish in small numbers but will attack dogs in packs and almost even seem to lure them out if given the chance. If they are close to homes they are hungry. I have shot 3 in the back of my subdivision in the past 2 months using my suppressed .223.
There should be no hungry coyotes coming on my property. I am sure they scavenge easily, slightly, near my property and move on. I can hear their progress as they make their rounds. I've got a few rounds of my own.

Dominic is a good deterrent. He's my outside dog. Now, I have to worry about him eating my wayward chickens when they decide to go Rebel. When my chickens get here, of course.

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I advise shooting them if given the opportunity. If you saw 2, there are probably at least 6-8. They are skiddish in small numbers but will attack dogs in packs and almost even seem to lure them out if given the chance. If they are close to homes they are hungry. I have shot 3 in the back of my subdivision in the past 2 months using my suppressed .223.
They haven't come on my property, that I can tell. But, there is a huge cow pasture adjacent to my property. There are cows, deer, turkey and other critters, that I get to see.

My outside dog brings home deer legs from somewhere.

I can't be shooting at coyotes. I might miss, and hit a calf. I would be in big trouble then!



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