The coyote returns

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by Nik, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    Last night the coyote was back and took me by surprise. I was out in the yard with Diesel next to the fence and the coyote stepped out of the brush and started walking towards us. Diesel starting doing his play bark and whine. Like he thought this coyote could be a new play mate.

    I immediately pulled him away and took him to the upper deck and then sent him into the house. I stayed up on the upper deck with my dog gate up and my husband came out and went straight up to the fence despite me telling him not to and then telling him "at least take a stick so you can beat it off if you need to." His response to that was a smart alec "I don't want to beat off a coyote." (sexual undertone intended).

    So I stood guard on upper deck and snapped several photos from up there before getting him to leave the coyote be and come back. He insisted that 1. the coyote was too small to be a threat. 2. the fence was high enough to protect us and 3. the coyote was so cute.... Well my research and quick youtube search proves coyotes can easily hop a 6-7 foot fence. I did share the footage with him. Silly husband of mine.

    Here are my blurry from a distant pics of the coyote and my hard headed husband.










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  2. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    Here are the rest of the photos... as you can see the coyote did get right up to the fence at one point.



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  3. April Nicole

    April Nicole Well-Known Member

    Men :rolleyes:
    Bad thing is, that is a cute coyote. Most are scraggly, wiry looking. Hopefully it will stay away.
  4. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    It really was quite beautiful but I was not about to encourage my husband who has zero fear of it even though he should.
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  5. TWW

    TWW Well-Known Member

    Sorry but tell you husband a 8ft fence would not stop it, there dam good at scaling a chain link fence.
    There also dam good diggers so check your fence daily, don't need a dog getting out.

    Mouse and Romeo have killed a couple at my daughters farm, they will trap them in the old barn.
    Biggest issue is there are generally another 3 or 4 you don't see so a solo dog even a mastiff can get into trouble quick.
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  6. Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave Well-Known Member

    Shoot the unwelcome visitor.
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  7. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    I feel quite lucky over here we have nothing like that, do they carry disease
  8. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    why ? coyote won't mess with a big dog unless they can't get away ......
  9. Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave Well-Known Member

    Well, here in NW PA, they tend to gang up on other animals, kill dogs regardless of size, and lots and lots of deer. Shooting would be my response, but not for everyone apparently. Thanks for your kind question.
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  10. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    I agree with Pastor Dave. be careful.
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  11. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    sure, they carry rabies.
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  12. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    I am being very careful. Now if only I can convince my husband for the need to be careful as well then we will be all set. He believes they are harmless and would never attack us or the dogs. However, everything I have read and seen (countless news articles, youtube videos, etc. tells me that the fence is no deterrent and if they are hungry enough or feel threatened they have no problem taking on larger dogs (and our's aren't full mastiff size just 60lbs and 75lbs) or even adult peoples. And if they have a pack then all bets are off. I have no clue if this guy has a pack or family but he was acting like he did.

    As long as he doesn't enter our yard and stays clear of us I am willing to live and let live. But, I can't say I am super comfortable with him hanging around so close long term. It's also making me rethink allowing our outdoor/indoor cat out once she gets used to the area. Brr has always been indoor only but Pixie was Sean's before me and she was always outdoor/indoor and was allowed to come and go as she liked. I don't know that I feel she is super safe with coyotes hanging about though.
  13. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    Usually, from what I've been told, you won't see a coyote unless that have rabies. Maybe, you should just contact the animal control center and let them know you have a coyote lurking around.
  14. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    They are canines and can carry any of the canine diseases. Around here the biggest risk is mange.
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  15. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    The coyotes here can be seen anytime. There is a breeding den less than a mile from my house. In a few weeks we will start to see the pups roaming around. One of the adults has a game they like to play. They will sit on the far side of the fence across the street and yip until the dogs start barking. Once the dogs are quiet it will yip again to get the dogs going. This can go on for up to an hour before it gets tired and leaves. You can tell by the body language that it is having fun.
    I have seen them try a lure a dog away, I have also encountered one that just wanted to play with Jiggers but ran away when I got closer.
    Like all wildlife they typically are a leave them alone and they will leave you alone group. That doesn't mean they can't be curious or opportunistic though.
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  16. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    That is hilarious but what a brat! I can imagine how frustrating it is when it plays that particular "game". lol
  17. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    shooting the deer would seem to me to make more sense , there is a deer population problem here , the state just 3-4yrs ago came in and culled them , the coyotes apparently weren't keeping up ......... stray dogs kill way more "other animals" than coyotes , stray cats kill way more too far as coyotes killing stray dog and cats , folks should keep track of their animals ..... dogs been used to protect livestock against and kill coyotes for centuries , lions and bears run from dogs ....... i've yet to see one trying to get in my yard ....... people been killing coyotes since we arrived in this country , they're still here ....... it's pretty much been shown that whatever amount an area can support is what will be there ....... racoons and skunks carry rabies and distemper , mice lepto , I see squirrels all the time with mange , deer carry lyme disease , mosquito's carry west nile , heartworm , encephalitis , foxes , bobcats , mountain lions , feral dogs and cats ………… myself i'd rather walk up on a coyote than a large stray dog ………..
  18. Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave Well-Known Member

    Men ????
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  19. April Nicole

    April Nicole Well-Known Member

    Pastor Dave, you should know, you're one of em' :p
  20. April Nicole

    April Nicole Well-Known Member

    To clarify... I love men! Men are conquerors, protectors, providers, problem solvers, lovers, cuddly teddy bears etc...

    With the coyote my husband would have probably shot it, cause above all else he is a (protector.)

    Some men would have scaled the fence and wrestled the thing! Just cause they can :) (remember I live in a land where men bail off of boats on top of alligators ;))

    And some men would try to tame it and have it as a pet.

    And some men would just leave it alone. ( but most wouldn't)

    So when I say , " men :rolleyes:" I don't mean any disrespect. In fact some would think I'm crazy, but I take care of my husband. I fix his plate, run his bath, and respect him and allow him to be the man of the house... I think that's one of the reasons our marriage is strong.
    And a man he is, all man! And I would have it any other way :)
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