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Old 12-28-2009, 08:48 PM
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Default Coyote article... One part stood out...

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Coyotes have adapted and now thrive in almost every biome in North America. Coyotes are a clever predator, and they are comfortable living near humans. It is for this reason that precautions should be taken if you in an area with a high coyote population. A coyote’s typical diet consists mainly of rodents, insects, and small mammals. If a coyote population thrives near your home or you travel to a coyote-prone destination, be aware: Coyotes will not hesitate to kill smaller dogs or cats.

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A fence of at least six feet, installed with an angle will help provide a deterrent. Be sure the fence is buried at least one foot into the ground (with an apron base) to be sure the coyotes will not be able to dig under the fence.
Keep your pets secured either inside or in a kennel both day and night.
It is best to keep your dog on a leash when walking in areas with a coyote population. If you choose to take your dog off-leash, make sure he stays close.
While walking your dog, carry a walking stick, air horn, loud whistle, or an aluminum can filled with coins. These will all help to scare off a coyote.
Fruit trees and vegetable gardens should be protected as well to prevent coyotes scavenging for food.
If your pet is inside, do not leave his food and water bowls outside. Bring them in with your dog.
Check the surrounding areas of your home to be sure there are no small spaces that could be used as shelter for a coyote.
If approached by a coyote on your property or while on a walk, make eye contact, yell, throw things, use the noise makers listed above, and make yourself look as big and intimidating as possible.
Do not turn your back on a coyote.
If you regularly walk your dog in coyote country, try not to form a regular walking routine. Coyotes can pick up on daily patterns.
That part stood out to me, my dogs go out for a pee nearly every day at about the same time in the afternoon, when the one yesterday came out from behind the pool, at the time I thought... it's like he/she was waiting for them... Then I gave my head a shake... but now.... I am not so sure, maybe the darn thing DID know they'd be out about that time
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:49 PM
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yup....they are incredibly inteligent, more so than there often given credit for...
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:11 PM
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Oh, he knew . . . he knew all right and was waiting. The rest of the pack was probably just out of sight too.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:15 PM
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Shiver.... I knew they were smart... never knew they'd watch and learn patterns to that extent... I respect that level of intelligence, at the same time it scares the crap out of me!
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:24 PM
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That's scary as ****.

*shiver*

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:20 PM
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It is soooo scary! I have to be more careful than I have been with my little Jose`. He is not as stuck to me like glue as Chuli is when we go outside. If Toker is out near him, I feel a little better because she could take on a coyote and I still go out with them. But I think I need to keep my little Boo boo closer than ever after reading that. Although....I haven't seen them up close, but did hear them one night very close. There is a lot of wilderness so they're not as forced to come into peoples' yards around here, I don't think. But they obviously did that one night when they were making such a racket and it sounded super close. That was the only time I've felt like they were really close. So, I don't know. I guess, even if there is a lot to eat out in the woods, like rabbits and such, if there is an easy catch of a small dog, why not? It does send shivers up one's spine, doesn't it.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:17 AM
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They are smart and very adaptable. Laura and I have talked about this many times, because we only live a few miles from each other. Our area is loaded with coyotes, at this time they are very healthy and many dogs/cats have been killed by them. It isn't uncommon to see them during the day or to hear them hunting at night.
My neighbor had a large male GSD, the coyotes killed him a few years ago. My dogs never go outside at night unsupervised even in the backyard and they certainly never go outside of the yard at night unless on leash. Even during the day, when outside with a dog off leash, I am watching for them. I have had too many close encounters with them not to be careful.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:22 AM
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Our next door neighbors had and indoor outdoor cat that would meow to be let out at exactly 10 am every morning.

One day Bill got up to let her back in from her potty break. This is the middle of the day mind you, daily routine. He literally had his hand on the handle of the sliding glass door, she was less than a foot from him through the glass, when a coyote flew out of the bushes and snatched her right in front of his face.

They weren't able to catch the coyote of course, and his cat died. Now all their kitties are strictly indoor. It still terrifies them because they have bostons, and take them out to potty every day.

I still remember my friend in Tucson with the mini schnauzer telling me about how she used to walk her dog in Reid Park at 6 am every morning. She stopped after several coyotes surrounded her one morning and kept trying to grab her leashed schnauzer away from her. This is in the center of a HIGHLY populated university town (pop. over 1,000,000)
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:58 AM
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we had one here that decided my neighbors deck was a perfect sun bathing spot to watch the little ones...

we are fenced and i still dont leave the dogs out unsupervised (we also have the risk of hawks, a local large eagle, 3 bobcats and a turkey vulture who doesnt know hes only supposed to eat pre-dead things...i call him gorie!)
but seeing that coyote sitting there watching.
i put the dogs away and walked right on over with a VERY large branch and a pocket full of rocks.
(not that i suggest this for anyone, but im rabies vaccinated and have more than enough experience wrestling coyotes ) i told him to git...he kind of looked at me like "yeah right human" so i threw the rocks at him...he got up but still wasnt sure, then i gave a good wave with the branch about 3 inches from his head...

he ran and i havent seen him back since, nor have we heard any of them howling...
ive got a feeling he whent home and told his buddies about that crazy woman wearing bright pink being a raving lunatic...mabe he thought I was rabid lol.

they have been known not only to snatch wandering pets, a neighbor lost her bichon right out of her fenced yard, they simply slipped under a week spot...this was after i told her to not leave her dog out unsupervised as coyote sightings were getting more frequent...*sigh*
and they have been known to attack small children.

they usually have to be incredibly starving, (or ill) to attack a full grown adult, but its not unheard of either...
we keep a shovel by the patio doors now as a just in case, its an easy grab and a good reach and could kill if nessicary.
im thinking about learning how to shoot in the neer future as a just in case too.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:04 PM
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the best coyote deterrent is the coyote version of the original scarecrow, a dead coyote hanging in a prominant spot on the property.
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