Is this normal coyote behavior?

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  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    I have often heard/read coyotes run alone. I've also heard/read the presence of a big dog can deter them. Pics on my game camera beg to differ. My neighbor's big dog Hank (I don't know what kind he is but I would put him around 70-80 pounds) often roams my property peeing and marking. I don't mind his presence, as he is very gentle and is good around all animals and livestock. (Plus I have to pick and choose my battles with this particular neighbor). I was also hoping his scent would keep the coyotes at bay. In these series of pics, it appears Hank is the one being stalked by coyotes (note the time stamps). I also have pics of the coyotes running in pairs. Do I have extra aggressive coyotes or is this just maybe the new norm? I'd love to hear thoughts of those more experience with coyotes. I've never seen this many this often on my property before.
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    Another pic of them running in pairs:
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  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Mating pairs travel together. I have one in the area.
     
  3. Roo5

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    He could have just been passing by
     
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  4. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Coyotes can run in packs of food is scarce. I don’t believe they are stalking the dog but just investigating the scent. Not saying they won’t engage the dog, but they usually try to avoid larger dogs. Two coyotes will be able to take him down though.
     
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    We listen to the packs of coyotes yapping just about every evening during fall and winter. We have at least 2 packs nearby - I call them East Pack and West Pack. They are still in packs around here - not much wildlife has dropped babies yet so food is still scarce. Birds are still migrating in for the summer.
     
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    In my area they tend to run in packs for most of the year. They're everywhere around here, but I've never had any real problems with them coming inside my fence. I've always assumed that the smell of my dogs kept them out.
     
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  7. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    I have at least 3 different coyotes on my camera every night, and I've been putting it out for about a month now. The plus side is I'm no longer seeing foxes, which was my reason for setting up the camera. Not sure the new residents are any better though. :rolleyes:
    When I moved here 4 years ago, I would see a random coyote only in the fall and winter. Now its a nightly event. I let my ex-husband's nephew hunt my property for deer and waterfowl, for free (I've always been very fond of the kid), and all I asked of him was to come out during coyote season and take out some 'yotes. That has only happened a handful of times over the past 3 years. He always has an excuse. After seeing what the coyote population has come to, I'm thinking someone is going to lose their hunting privilege!
     
  8. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    If you can, try a hotwire. They keep coyotes away from coops at night. I have a secure coop and lock mine up at night so I have forgone this method.
     
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  9. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    I do have a hotwire around my coops and run. I'm not worried so much about my chickens but I do have barn cats that I worry about. I lock them up at night, but I have seen coyotes during the day too.
     
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  10. A_Fowl_Guy

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    Yeah coyotes are crepuscular. You could always try eliminating them yourself.
     
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