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Tips to Keep Coyotes Away from Livestock and Pets

Follow these simple steps to help keep coyotes away from your farm--and protect your livestock.

8/23/2007

Use these tips to keep the coyotes away from your livestock
Coyotes are growing in population--and preying on more and more livestock and pets, according to reports from agricultural groups around the nation.

Some of this has to do with humans living more closely to areas where wildlife live--sometimes it has to do with the weather. When drought hits, there's less food available in the coyote's natural habitat, sending the canine creatures on the hunt for other food sources.

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, livestock and pet owners can take some simple steps to help prevent coyote attacks. 
 
Tips for Keeping them at Bay

  • Don't leave bowls of pet food or water outside overnight.   
  • Keep garbage in a sturdy container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Don't place garbage cans out at the curb until the morning of your scheduled pickup day.  
  • Compost in enclosed bins instead of exposed piles.
  • Clean up around bird feeders.
  • Keep all pets inside at night and watch small dogs while outside, even during daylight hours.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Make sure your fences are more than 6 feet high with no gaps at ground level — coyotes are good diggers.

Facts about Coyotes:

  • They weigh 20 to 30 pounds and leave tracks that are more oval-shaped than those of dogs
  • Rear feet are "smaller padded" than front feet
  • They hunt at night and "den up" during the day
  • The coyote gestation period is about two months and the average litter is six pups.
  • Along with calves, poultry, hogs and goats, coyotes will eat crops, such as watermelon.
  • They're described as very observant and elusive.
     

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for a smaller area, you can keep a radio playing during the night. I did that for my goats and chickens. IM getting ready to expand it a good but now and get more animals so i'm going to get a donkey
Kayla, Springville, AL
Posted: 1/25/2013 7:49:25 PM
I have ElectroBraid fencing for the horses - keeping that lower wire (about 15" from the ground) hot keeps the coyotes out of the pastures - I use Nite Guard for around the house and shed, and ducks - predators think it is a bigger predator and stay away! Nite Guard is a blinking red LED lite, solar powered, and it WORKS!!
Debi, Farmer City, IL
Posted: 8/23/2012 2:36:20 PM
I have a mule that keeps the Coyotes away! I rescued her along with some goats about 5 months ago. She is very protective over them and so far I have not had any problems on my farm. My neighbor sees them around his place frequently.
Jasper Farm, Jasper, FL
Posted: 8/23/2012 1:27:53 PM
how is this suppose to help. I cant do this for 25 acres.
tegen, bate city, MO
Posted: 3/31/2012 10:30:41 PM
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