My situation an LGD wont work for now. We have the room, 5 acres. Love, just adore large breeds but so does my 81 year old dad... He plays with the dogs, they knock him down. He will not use obedience with them, ugh. Our english mastiff was so gentle, but Dad would still get him so fired up! So I can't keep large breeds for now. Absolutely agree they are the answer to a predator problem if you can keep them. Meantime I use guinea and geese, tom turkeys and its stopped most problems.
Here in Virginia we have lots of predator pressure. I have heard of two cases where a LGD (bonafide, trained, etc) was killed by a pack of coyotes. So Nothing is really safe.
My friend has 6 Chinese geese, and the coyotes give her place a "pass". One of the geese escorts all the young mothers and hatchlings around the yard.
I think it depends on how much else there is to eat, just like deer pressure on gardens. Geese are a deterrent, so is a LGD.
Exactly. It takes a good combo of deterrents to help warn and protect a flock.