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Coyotes are usually not an issue in human populated areas because they usually feed on small mammals and birds. In some occasions however they have been known to attack livestock, small pets and in the rarest of occasions they have been known to attack humans. These sorts of attacks happen when there is little food for the coyotes in an area. Even if you live in an area where coyotes live chances are that you will not have issues with these animals unless you have livestock, as they tend to stay away from humans. If you suspect you have one of these canines you should still take precautions to make sure that they do not come in contact with your family or your pets. There are a few ways to repel coyotes from your property. These solutions are easy and effective against coyote predation.
Put Them On The Spotlight
If you keep livestock or pets in an outdoor location you should at least make sure that the location has plenty of bright lights. Coyotes will more than likely stay away if they feel they have no cover. You can also install some motion sensor lights in the area. Those are things that work because they will make the coyote feel that they are about to be surprised. Motion sensors scare away the coyote sometimes, but understand that those deterrents may be useless if the coyote is hungry enough. Your best bet is to keep your pets indoors and your livestock in a secured location where a coyote will have no access to. Hunger is a powerful motivator in the wild and if you give a coyote a chance it will feed from your animals. You can also connect a sprinkler system to a motion detector and that is also an effective repellent.
There are only a few things that will be effective in keeping coyotes off of your property when you have a source of food for them. One of those ways is to fence the coyotes out. The fence can’t just be any regular fence because coyotes are very smart and can, if determined to, get around the barrier. You have to do a few things to prevent the coyote from digging and even climbing the fence. The Coyote must have no way to get through, and a chain link fence will work best. To prevent digging you should do 2 things: an underground fence and barb wire. The combination of both an underground fence and the barb wire will be enough to keep the coyote from digging, but it can still climb. An overhang on the top of the fence angling towards the outside is the best choice. The outwards angle keeps the coyote outside by making the fence too difficult to climb.
Scare It Away
With livestock on the premises there isn’t always a way to keep it protected from coyotes, unless you are there to intercede. In some cases, people who raise sheep or alpacas still use a dog that was bred as a flock guardian. A guard dog will help keep your livestock safe from predators, but if you want it to work against a coyote you have to make sure that the coyote will be intimidated by the sight of the dog. There are dogs that are bred to protect livestock and though they will not necessarily fight the coyote, they will frighten it away. These dogs have been bred for centuries to do this and have proven in several areas that they can be effective in protecting the livestock. In fact they have reduced the cost of predation on several farms. There are also a few negatives to this option. A dog that is not well trained can kill the livestock itself, so you have to make sure that the dog is trained.
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