Coyote Clarification

Ominous clouds brewing outside my backdoor on Saturday afternoon.

After reading the comments on my Random Five Friday post, I realized I should provide a little clarification about my son's new coyote call.  Sunnybrook Farm provided the best explanation in his comment about coyotes being a nuisance animal that farmers must deal with.  They kill livestock and will attack pets.  We have even had them circle the ridge, in daylight hours, of our farm.  Our Jack Russell received serious injuries to her throat a few years ago.  A coyote was the prime suspect.  

Mating season is coming up and thus a good time to deal with some overpopulation.  An electronic call is used to lure the coyotes out into the open.  My son decided to test his call on our front porch on Friday night.  His dad wasn't too happy with this, especially since he received an enthusiastic response from the woods.  

He did use the call, with success, on Saturday afternoon and I am sparing you the photo he shared with his grandpa.  If you are interested in reading more about coyotes you can do so here.  The Daily Coyote is a blog devoted to a coyote who was orphaned at ten days old.  Taken in by a woman and raised alongside her pets, it gives a different perspective to this animal.

 It is an interesting read.  


Comments

  1. That is a good photo, you got the settings just right. Congratulations on the coyote hunt, the good thing about coyotes is that they may be catching some of the other over populated animals such as coons. The bad thing about that is that coons spread rabies so now there may be rabid coyotes, not a good thing as they are so smart and fast.

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  2. Morning Michelle, interesting on the Coyote, know they are a nuisance but still do not like any animal to suffer, Blessings Francine.

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  3. Glad your son had some success. :)

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  4. Good Morning Michelle....Just the sound of the coyote, makes me nervous. They are numerous in our area.
    Have a great day...

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  5. We have had problems here as well with the coyotes. They are so sneaky and clever. Glad your son had success. Heading over to read what you suggested now.

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  6. You take beautiful pictures!
    Congrats to your son! I bet he's proud :)

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  7. I've never heard of the electronic call to lure them into the open.Interesting.

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  8. Oh yes we have a huge coyote problem here too, I often chase them away from the coop and house. Usually they are one or two but I have a couple times now chased a group of 6 or 7...

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  9. If it isn't the coyotes, it's the wolves, cougar and bears. Wild animals are still wild, even when taken in at their youngest. They are a huge problem here too. It's gotten to the point that I no longer love the walks in the woods or even on the highway....it's scared me more than once.
    Stay safe. Don't take them in as pets, Ever!!!! A pack of them will even turn on a human.

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  10. my dogs have all scuffled with them, too - and usually made it out on the injured side of things. all the neighbors have lost fowl, cats and even a few newborn calves to them. *sigh*

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  11. I will check out that blog. It sounds fascinating. I've heard coyotes in the distance sometimes at our place, but they never get too close thank goodness. I hope our big dog scares them all away.

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  12. We have coyotes here too and a few years back our little beloved Cairn Terrier bolted out the door at midnight and was attacked by a coyote and nearly killed. Your image reminded me of Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. OK, off to the hospital we go for Dayle's knee replacement surgery. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Beautiful picture! Good luck to your son and his coyote call. I know how dangerous wild animals can be.

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  14. I found the Daily Coyote about a year after she had him and went back and read every single post....I just check in every now and then now.

    My husband's buddy traps coyotes, and also my brother in TN and you would not believe how many they catch. I understand about they need to be hunted and thinned out, but oh, I hate that they have to be.

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  15. Oh, I meant to say I so love this pic!

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  16. You are so lucky to have that view Michelle, it's a gorgeous photo! I have a copy of The Daily Coyote and bought it after I discovered the blog some time back. I understand about the problem with the coyotes, especially when it comes down to protecting one's own family, pets included of course, and also livelihood. I have an old photo of hubby's grandfather as a relatively young man on a horse (North Dakota) and he had several coyote pelts on the back of his saddle. I was shocked but didn't really understand the implications at the time over the years as I heard a lot of stories about them from my father-in-law, gradually my perspective changed. I suppose the same can be said of the wolf. We who love nature love these animals but we need to see both sides of the fence.

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  17. Gorgeous setting of the lone, barren tree. I hate to hear of any animals being harmed, but if a certain species is inflicting damage to your household pets and farm animals, you gotta do what you gotta do, I say.

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  18. Beautiful photo. Sounds like you could end up as the party farm for Coyotes.

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  19. it's sad but they do have to be controlled....

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  20. Exterminer des animaux sauvages n'est jamais une bonne solutions. Les éléphants aussi sont dangereux et font de gros dégats et pourtant tout le monde trouve normal qu'ils soient protégés.

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  21. I have a hard time drumming up sympathy for a pack of animals that can disembowel a live baby calf and begin to eat - have seen it with my own eyes...so anytime i think of pity for a coyote, i remember that sight...so thank your son for me - he is providing a good service...

    lovely photo btw!

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  22. We used to live in Orange County where coyotes are protected. They came over the fence into our backyard on several occasions. Ate our rabbit. Ate our cat. A neighbor had a tug-o-war with one when walking her small dog on a leash in her neighborhood. N ot fond of coyotes.

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  23. they are ominous! Randy's comment made me laugh! The party farm for coyotes! YIKES. We used to see them in Colorado but as they were hunting rodents on our property and we had no livestock they were simply "wildlife"

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  24. PS I don't know the going rate for a pelt. but if the deerslayer knows how to clean 'em up so I can bring it in my house (remember I am a CITY girl) I'd be interested in negotiating a price.

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  25. what a beautiful photo...i do feel sad for coyotes but understand how dangerous they are...i'm going to go check out that read!

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  26. I am glad the call is working fine!

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  27. i always find comfort in the phrase "the circle of life"!! your images is powerful!!

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  28. Wow those were some ominous looking clouds. - While I know it is necessary to protect one's pet's and live stock I cannot help but feel sorry for the coyote too. Purposely calling them to kill them seems "cruel" to me. I hope I don't get a lot of feed-back about that but that's just the way I feel. I mean I can't even run over an already dead animal on the road much less kill one on purpose.

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  29. Me again, I also wanted to thank you for your kind words about the loss of our cat, Blackie.

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  30. Coyotes are definitely a nuisance and a danger to cattle and domesticated animals. I'm glad the call works!

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  31. Coyotes are one pest we thankfully don't have in Australia - although the dingo, our native dog, can be a hazard to livestock in some places.

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  32. What a gorgeous pic, even though it is a bit ominous. I just watched a news story last nt about our town & it's current problem with coyotes. Little dogs are being snatched out of people's yards =(

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  33. Glad your son had success. I don't mine a few coyotes but they seem to quickly over populate and need to be thinned out.

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  34. I don't think anybody of sound mind really enjoys killing animals, but sometimes it's necessary for farmers and ranchers to protect their livestock. We find the ground squirrels to be a big nuisance around here and everyone is trying to control the population on their property. We do the same. If we didn't, there would be thousands instead of what seems like hundreds.

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  35. Lovely photo. I will have to read that article. We have coyotes when we once did not. The urban sprawl has caused them to be seen more and more in our area.

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  36. We have so many coyotes in our hills. Our dog has not yet had any run ins with them, but he lets his presence be known, sometimes all night long. I hear stories about how the coyotes will try to lure dogs out away from the buildings where they can out number our beloved pets. Makes me nervous. I will check out the link you shared :)

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