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Old 01-08-2012, 09:45 AM
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Some of the farms around here have brought in the wild burros rescued from out west where they were going to be slaughtered and they've been very effective at discouraging -- and even killing marauding coyotes. Llamas have been effective too, as well as emus.

The problem, though, with the burros, llamas and emus is that they don't discriminate between coyotes and the farm dogs, or cats.
I do like donkeys and would consider a large one, but I know they generally are just canine aggressive in general. Also, I have heard that they prefer the company of other equines, and if there are horses and such they will hang out with them more than the animals they are trying to protect.

Llamas I don't care for much--lol. My grandpa used to run a herd of them and they were foul tempered things--although none of them got attacked by anything...

Emus are awesome and I would LOVE an emu. When I went to the exotic animal auction this past fall they had young emus and I had to practically sit on my hands to keep from bidding on one--lol. I don't think the dogs would have appreciated being harassed by an emu every time they went out to pee though. On the chicken board I go on occasionally several members swear by game cocks to protect their floacks from smaller predators.

All this would not be for a few years but I am a compulsive researcher and like to be prepared (and often over prepared-lol). I honestly had not considered need a LGD before until we saw the size of that coyote this past weekend on our hike. Add to that the fact that dogs have been reported going after livestock in this region--one woman I know had a llama attacked and severely injured by dogs and a couple of years ago a pair of dogs killed a horse not far from here.
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