Originally Posted by Hardemans
A couple of weeks ago we lost a female goat to a coyote. We have a 4' fence surrounding our property and there is a strand of barbed wire roughly 3" of the ground. There was a dig under at a low spot and that is where the coyote got in. That area has be closed off.
This morning we lost one of our Tom turkeys to a predator. He weighed roughly 20 lbs. We checked the fence line and there is no sign of anything digging under. The turkey was killed in one spot close to the barn and then there were feather drops where evidently there was a struggle every 50' or so.
I question if this was a coyote or perhaps a bobcat? The head, one breast, and internals were eaten.
Any advice would be appreciated.
By the way - prior to the fence we kept the local predators well fed on chicken and turkeys. No issues since fall of 2015 until the last couple of weeks.
James, sorry to hear about the loss. Coyotes can jump much higher than 4'. I've got 2 fences 1 foot apart, one fence is 5 feet tall (closest to the house) and the one a foot behind it is almost 6 feet tall.
Last year there was a coyote trying to get at one of my cats, who ran onto the back deck and went up the oak tree to the roof. The coyote came on the deck after the cat so I let my labradork out to chase it off.
The coyote wasn't scared much, seemed more annoyed than anything. It effortlessly trotted (not running) the 25 or so yards to the fences and jumped over both of them without touching either of them. I saw it with my own eyes.
I've also seen bobcats in the neighborhood but not in my yard. I've not seen one jump but if it's anything like it's smaller house-cat brethren it would easily be able to scale even higher fences than that ****** coyote.