Getting Rid of Coyote-Help Needed

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jess ChickCrazy, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Jess ChickCrazy

    Jess ChickCrazy Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2015
    Hey y'all,

    So, we have a coyote stalking our flock. We cannot shoot him. Not until he is actually in the pen, eating the chickens. So, how do I get rid of him, BEFORE this happens? I live in Alaska and wild life laws here are VERY strict. We have a 6 foot tall fence all around our coop, we have 1" aviary netting across the top of that. Along the bottom of the fence line, we cemented so nothing could tunnel under (hopefully). The coop is very secure and we have 1/4" hardware cloth on every opening. All along the foundation of the coop, we cemented and filled in with gravel rocks, so nothing could tunnel under that either. (hopefully)
    Chickens are all headcounted and put away at approx 7pm each night.

    Mr. Coyote is coming in the morning and afternoon. We saw him once at 2pm, and then this morning at 7 and there was poop in my driveway-so he's been hanging out earlier than I thought. :(

    Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  2. Chickadee55

    Chickadee55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2010
    Central Florida
    I don't know about Alaska laws but in most States if a coyote is posing a threat to your livestock, you have every right to shoot him. Hard to believe Alaska would be any different.
  3. Jess ChickCrazy

    Jess ChickCrazy Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2015
    You cannot shoot him until he is actually in the pen/coop area. We live in a residential area, and you can bet that we'd better have proof of him attacking, or getting ready to attack the chickens before shooting. :(
  4. pthor

    pthor Out Of The Brooder

    I would check locally for someone that could trap the coyote, it shouldn't be hard in Alaska & they should do it free of charge since they'll keep the hide.

    Check your local sportsman shops, there are lots of trappers there.
  5. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2014
    Do you have animal control ... They quite often have large cage type traps ... They may come out and set it up, or loan it to you ...

    Not sure about AK, but in AZ we are allowed to shoot "in self-defense" who is to say you were not threatened? A wild animal that is not afraid of humans is a threat to you! Have you seen it acting strange? Maybe rabid!
  6. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    Consider getting a big dog of your own. Coyotes are generally solitary and won't take on a dog their own size or bigger. Having a dog around will cause the coyote move on to easier hunting grounds.
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    If he can't get to your birds then he will move on. One can't be concerned about very animal in the area. If your birds are in the run that they can't get into then they loose interest. Predators spend their time finding food sources, if your birds are not on the menu they look elsewhere. Once it finishes eating the neighbors cats it will move on.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Hotwire added to current setup.
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  9. ChicksAre4Kids

    ChicksAre4Kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2015
    Bow and arrows are very quiet.
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    I am unsure about the state of Alaska but most states allow you to kill coyotes as long as you don't use a nuclear device and some states are thinking about allowing that.

    BTW, a snare makes even less racket than a bow and arrow but snares are not as selective as an Atom Bomb.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015

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