Reminder that coyotes are in urban areas

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JennsPeeps, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I live in a city of 200,000 people, and we're bordered by smaller cities all around. We've got a couple of highways crossing town but also many greenbelts.

    Today I was driving along a 5 lane street that was about 1/2 a mile from a big gulch that is also a spur for the major north-south interstate on the west coast. I noticed some roadkill in the road. As I got closer, I realized it was a coyote. This was only about a mile away from my home... and my chickens!

    Think you don't have coyotes in your neighborhood? Don't be so certain. I just did a quick search and found lots of blog posts from people near me who have seen coyotes near their homes. It's pretty likely that there are coyotes in your alley, in the local park, in nearby greenbelts, and ...?

    Lock up your coops. Keep your flock safe. I know I will be extra vigilant!!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Absolutely! I've seen more than one coyote dead in the road, both here where I live now and back in "civilization".
  3. ChickaD

    ChickaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    This is a hot topic for me, since a few weeks ago we had our first ever coyote attack - came into the yard at 5 pm, right up to the coop door, and took a chicken. [​IMG] We live in the country and hear the pack at night, but never had any enter our yard until now. Perhaps it sensed our lack of a dog now.
  4. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    We use to have an over abundance of coyotes our 6 new neighbors moved in we thought that they would go away.
    The other night I was sitting on the back porch and I could hear a small pack howling about a mile away. Guess we were wrong.
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    We live right off a main highway in between towns. I haven't SEEN any coyotes yet, but the neighbor insists they're here. 2 nights ago, I was sitting on my porch having a beer and what do I hear? HOWLING. Like an eerie hair raising howl too, so it wasn't the neighbors dogs at 1am.

  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Coyotes are definately a dangerous and deadly predator--even for small children. I've heard of more than one report on them attacking small children in urban areas. Very scary to me. We rarely hear them here, but I know they are here.
  7. new chicken mommy

    new chicken mommy Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2008
    athens vt
    We have alot here!! we are allowed to shoot them if they come in or on your property.
  8. kusine

    kusine New Egg

    Sep 9, 2008
    Central Ohio
    I live in the middle of the very urban Columbus, Ohio, and we have a male coyote that lives right in our neighborhood, so they are definitely in cities!
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I've seen them on the bike trail that I ride to work on. I always wonder if they might be rabid... but I suppose the local newspapers would be on top of that.
  10. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:Yes, it knows that for sure, and as canines they respect territory. By not having a dog anymore your territory is up for grabs, and having chickens in the lot will make it very desirable.

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