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Posted Friday, February 20, 2009, at 3:22 PM

Do we have or beginning to have a coyote problem in Shelbyville and all of Bedford County?

If so, what should be done about them?

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I have lived out in the country for 16 years and I have noticed that when we have a really cold winter the coyotes are worse. I have had them come within hundred feet of our house. We have a neighbor who raises fighting roosters and he lets the hens run loose so that invites them close to the houses. I don't let my little dogs out at night without watching them. I guess having a certain time to hunt them each year would thin them out.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 3:32 PM

Anybody who raises animals for the purpose of fighting them deserves to lose thier livestock. It's disgusting.

Report your neighbor and maybe your coyote encounters will be reduced.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:18 PM

I think the Wile E.Coyote needs a wascally wabbit...

Yep, i hear them at night when i am at the church, they sound closer this year than last. WE have a resident Skunk so he'll take care of the coyotes.:)

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:48 PM

I am on my way to go coyote hunting right now. I am trying to find a new place to go, if anyone wants to get rid of some.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:01 PM

There are a lot of coyotes in southeastern Davidson Co. They will kill calves & fawns. We used to have a neighbor who would shoot them from his upstairs window.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 6:09 PM

When we lived on Unionville Deason Road, we saw them and what we called coy-dogs all the time. I have a horse that really hates them and she would chase/paw/kick them if they got into our pasture.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Mon, Feb 23, 2009, at 9:10 AM

Coyotes are not as much of a problem as wild dogs. Hunters are more of a nuisance than coyotes or wild dogs.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Tue, Feb 24, 2009, at 4:57 PM

Hunters are more of a nuisance than coyotes or wild dogs.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Tue, Feb 24, 2009, at 4:57 PM

You will have to explain that, because most landowners are more than glad to have me thinning out the coyote population.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 8:57 AM

I heard coyotes last night...but there are a gazillion turkeys around here. The coyotes won't bother anything else as long as they have a good turkey supply.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 10:31 AM

Huh, go figure. See, now I was under the impression that noone was concerned with actual Coyote activities as long as they did not disrupt Catholic Charities routine shipments of Somalians or cut into the profits of others that assisted in illegal immigration. Either way, Go Go Greasemonkey! Aim small, shoot small! Vermin and varmints are horrible vectors of disease and cost all of us in damages and repairs. Just keep in mind that torture during interogation is against the law.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 3:19 PM

I think maybe the total number is down from what it was a couple of years ago. But the ones we have are getting more accustomed to people, which is a bad thing. There was a time when they went to a lot of trouble to avoid people and they know what firearms look like. But last fall we had one around here in Unionville that would set at the end of the driveway and dare you to approach him. I pointed a Glock 45 Auto at him and he just stood up and slowly walked off. I can't really fire at them since we have more neighbors now and have a Daycare Center next door.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Sun, Mar 1, 2009, at 10:36 AM

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