Are there predators to goats?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Mikhail, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Mikhail

    Mikhail Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    I don't have any goats, but was wondering whether there are animals (like foxes, raccoons, or birds of prey) who will kill pygmy goats? Usually I see people free ranging their goats, so I figure there must not be any danger in it?
  2. sheepgal

    sheepgal In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2008
    Lexington Indiana
    In Indiana our main predator would be Coyote, and DOGS!!
  3. lilhill

    lilhill In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    Yes, goats do indeed have preditors. Coyotes and dogs here in Alabama are also the main preditors. Even dogs that are family pets can and sometimes do injure or kill goats.
  4. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Songster

    Coyotes and dogs are an issue; however, we have had coyotes literally walk over our sleeping goats to get to the chickens. Needless to say, we have an electric fence now, after losing about 20 chickens.
  5. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    Yes there are many predators who would like to have yer goats. Especially any babies. Depending on where you are you need to beware of coyotes, cougars and big birds of prey. Electric fence will help with coyotes but keep in mind that a cougar can clear a fence easy with a kid in it's mouth. One of the best ways to keep cougs away is eliminate any cover they can hide in.
  6. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Our goats were killed during the winter by a bear. Our goats were 200+ lb. nubian wethers and the bear was able to take each down and dragged one about 50 feet into the woods. We later saw that bear and he is absolutely huge. A couple days after killing our goats, he appeared down the street from us, killed a couple more goats and tried to take out a miniature horse before getting shot. He managed to survive the gunshot wound, but I don't think he'll be around long if he keeps killing off livestock.

    Coyotes, dogs, wolves, and mountain lions will also kill off goats. Before we had that incident, I had never really thought anything would be able to kill our goats!
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  7. Mikhail

    Mikhail Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    I'm glad I don't live anywhere where there are those types of animals, if I were ever to get goats (I'd love 2 whether pygmy goats [​IMG] ) Well except for dogs but dogs never get in our yard and the goats would have a secure pen so they wouldn't get loose.
  8. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    We've only had one little goat before, and he was killed by two of the neighbor's dogs [​IMG]
  9. mirecipes

    mirecipes Songster

    Sep 5, 2008
    Graphic photo link! Do not click if you are easily offended.

    This dog liked goat leg..Not sure what happened to the dog..He was a sweetie, but too wild to adopt. I kinda miss him [​IMG] (tho I'm sure the neighbors dont [​IMG]


    edited to make picture harder to see..
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  10. Epona142

    Epona142 Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    I can see how that picture might bother some people. [​IMG]

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