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Are your critters safe?
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TB    Posted 05-07-2003 at 11:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take a look at the artical half way down the page in the link titled (Coyotes attack)



Cathy In Oregon    Posted 05-08-2003 at 10:46:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't mean to sound like I know better than the authorities ...
I don't think that those sheep were attacked by a pack of coyotes, but it sounds more like dogs.
First of all, the ears are torn off. That sounds like a dog.
Second, how much, if any was eaten? Dogs hunt for fun and entertainment where as coyotes hunt to eat. There should have been more eaten.
Also, coyotes will make "vampire" holes in the sheep and lick the blood clean. I have seen lambs that I have wondered what has killed them only to find little tiny puncture marks in their necks ... and one really has to look because the coyotes do such a good job cleaning the blood, and the holes are sooo tiny. Coyotes will grab a throat and clinch down on the animal.. after they lick the blood then they open up the body and eat the liver first, then the innards. Rarely do they accually open the throat.
I have investigated my share of kills over the past few years, and then I have the years of experience that my parents have... and they are thinking dog also.
I don't like coyotes. But at least they are after a meal. It is the devistation that a domestic dog will do to a flock that is so heartbreaking.
Like I said, I would put my money on dogs. I maybe wrong, maybe coyotes in that part of the country act differently than the ones here near my farm...



TB    Posted 05-08-2003 at 11:09:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
That was along the lines of what I was thinking. Or a coydog mix witch can be very nasty.


Terry Nelson    Posted 05-07-2003 at 17:58:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is old news to some of you, but we had two coyotes in our neighbor's back yard a couple of years ago. They were trying to entice the neighbor's dog to "play". We live in Puyallup city limits so after chasing the coyotes away I called the county and asked them if they had an extermination program or if I could hunt them. They gave me permission to hunt them because the coyotes had been visiting the local elementary school playground when the tots were out for recess. At any rate, I couldn't find their den. But we have environmentalist neighbors who see the coyotes every night but are too "nice" to kill the pretty things and I never get a shot. I keep my .22 Casull loaded and handy in the event that they will come on by. I recommend that you blast those suckers whenever you get a chance for a safe shot!


BOSS    Posted 05-07-2003 at 16:44:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have noticed a few more animal killed and eat spots this year, around the "yard". I'm not too worried, I have a Komondor and an English Lab, and if they don't scare them away, the weekly shooting practice in the ravine scares most everything away.....even the neighbors.


Ludwig    Posted 05-07-2003 at 14:42:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anytime I'm out at the farm the 9mm Colt Commander isn't real far away from me. Clips but the chambers empty. I'm the third generation on this method of coyote control. Only had to shoot a couple as they give people a pretty wide berth, but once in awhile you get one thats real hungry or sick or something.

Dad and I took the 9mm out for some practice this spring and at 20 yards anything bigger than the bottom of a soda can is dead meat. At 100 yards its a dinner plate. Man I like that gun.
The deal is that when Dad dies I get to pick out 50 guns that become mine. The rest go to the Rod and Gun club for an auction to benefit the club. An auction which I'll probably attend and buy most of 'em back...


Hal/WA    Posted 05-07-2003 at 21:15:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe in gun control and obviously you do too. That's great shooting if your pattern will fit in a dinner plate size at 100 yards--I have never been on a pistol range that was over 50 yards. Light bars and level, trigger control and real steady hands. Pistol shooting is not an easy skill to master, but most people can do OK with some practice and decent instruction. I was always better with a revolver than an automatic. Where did you learn to shoot?


Ludwig    Posted 05-08-2003 at 12:54:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad showed aptitude when the Army decided he needed some time away from home back in the '60s so he had some real good training which got passed on to me in my formative years.
When I was in highschool I joined a shooting team sponsored by the Rod and Gun club shot .22 target rifle at 50 feet. Then when the club started having Hunters pistol sillouete I started shooting that. Thats shot at 40,50,75 and 100 meters on metalic targets open sight and scoped, .22 and and straight wall pistol cartrage. Recently they've added "Cowboy" sillouete which is great fun with a lever or pump gun.
Shot last weekend, took 2 of the 3 classes I shot in, although in one I was the only shooter.


Hmmm...    Posted 05-07-2003 at 13:17:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where is this again?

The coyotes around here attack from the back and eat forward from the...um...butt...

I thought the only thing that attacked the throat was a cat...

Salmoneye


TB    Posted 05-07-2003 at 13:59:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Central Pa.


Fawteen - So far, so good    Posted 05-07-2003 at 12:02:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
and we have coyotes out the ying-yang up here, not to mention foxes, eagles and bears.

Fernando the Guard Llama and Grump the Wonder Dog have been doing their job, haven't lost a critter since I've been keeping sheep.


TB    Posted 05-07-2003 at 12:49:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I figgerd you was in good shape. three more have died making it 19. The spookie part is not 10 minuts agoe I seen this big strange dog brown with a red muzzel. At first I thought it was the neighbors dog but when it got closer it didnt look femilar and I stepped inside. Kind of makes you think. Double tom is ready now!


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