Living with Coyotes on the Homestead

Living with Coyotes on the Homestead

Living With Coyotes on the Homestead

Living with coyotes is a part of living in the woods. There were at least two coyotes on a game camera over the winter, far below the numbers we saw in our backyard 10 years ago. The population is under control now. In early March I had Ava and Zoey outside after sunset to run out some of their energy while I closed in the chickens and ducks. We know predators are here on a regular basis because we live in the woods. Still, hearing a coyote yip one hundred yards from where I was standing is with coyotes, living with wildlife, predatorThe birds were tucked in for the night but noisy. Ava and Zoey played keep-away with a toy of some sort. The yip stopped them in their tracks. Ava’s familiar with coyotes but we doubt Zoey had heard or seen one. They were about 100 yards from the backyard. I put the dogs in, hid behind the edge of the garden shed with a rifle and yipped. A return yip, then a howl, and then my reply. We went back and forth several times until the coyotes moved away.coyote, game camera We had a coyote howling in the backyard, circling the meat chicken pen and trying to dig under fence to get into the duck and chicken pen this fall. There are pictures but we didn’t see it with our own eyes.

Tips On Living With Coyotes

  • Keep small livestock and poultry penned. Avoid offering a coyote any kind of temptation.
  • Make a lot of noise if you see a coyote. Don’t let it get comfortable near your home and any areas outdoors you use on a regular basis. If you hear them too close to the homestead you can hit the panic button on your vehicle’s key fob to set off the alarm.
  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors unless supervised.
  • A livestock guardian dog is usually enough to keep coyotes away.
  • Persistent coyotes can be removed. I asked a local trapper to deal with our problem. Five days later she stopped in to show me the first coyote she trapped. Problem solved.
  • In my state, predators may be shot if they’re caught in the act of harassing livestock. If I’d been able to catch the coyotes trying to get to the birds I could have shot it.

Living with a coyote or coyotes is a growing issue. Do what you can to avoid conflict and call a trapper or game warden when necessary.



6 thoughts on “Living with Coyotes on the Homestead

  1. I can’t even imagine living with a possible chance meeting from a coyote. Avoiding snakes is our biggest issue and that still freaks me out a little bit. I use your “make a lot of noise” technique and so far it has worked. Ah, the great outdoors!

    1. Oh Rev…we don’t have poisonous snakes here so I don’t worry about them. They might make me screech if I’m not expecting it but otherwise I’m glad to have them here for pest control. Our snakes are small. Big ones would definitely freak me out!

  2. We live on the edge of the suburbs in NH. I’ve had a coyote take down a deer about 50 yards from my back door, not 100 yards from 2 other houses. Its going to happen and the song dogs are just doing what they must to eat and survive. I’ve only had one opportunity, years ago, to take a shot at a coyote and my arrow missed. I’m honestly not sure I’d shoot one now since my preference is to only kill what I eat. Good tips Robin.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it! A local trapper helps keep the population in check so we aren’t overrun with coyotes now. We didn’t see deer here for the first ten years we lived here. The trapper caught 20+ coyotes in the first three nights and got them under control. That was the winter Kristin and I were grooming horses and were trapped in the barn. We have a few deer now, seven coming to the food plot on a regular basis. I wouldn’t want to remove coyotes from the area. The deer do need a break but we need the coyotes to help keep the rodent population in check. Balance is good.

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