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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

A dilemma of a coyote kind.

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017, at 3:56 PM
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  • I can certainly sympathize with your logic of not killing an animal for simply "doing what it does". However, do you extend the same logic to termites, or do you use a termite control service/poison? How about mosquitoes or ticks?

    If you want to save your cats, you must shoot to kill the ones that would take their lives. Coyotes do what they do. they prey on smaller animals. They will not change. You must do what you do, kill them, or accept the lose of your animals.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 7:05 AM
  • Seems apparent by what you are saying that the coyotes know where to get a meal....that's what I would have to do is solve where dinner comes from and it seems like the only way to fix that is eradicating the varmit!...so give the buzzards a meal!...or catch it and relocate the critter!...you can check with the road runner for advice...of course he will tell ya TNT or a big rock might work...Just Saying!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 7:44 AM
  • I sit for an hour at twilight, daybreak and even now 7:50am since that is when they attacked two days ago.

    It will bother me to do it, but...

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 7:51 AM
  • Steve, please practice shooting many, many, many, shots until you develop muscle memory of making a good shot. Then, make either a head shot or a double lung/heart shot on the Coyote. This way the animal is dispatched as quickly and painlessly as possible. There is nothing more heart wrenching than wounding an animal and it running off.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 8:05 AM
  • I appreciate your thoughts LiveforLight. I re-calibrated my scope for 60 feet that very morning. Took about 30 shots at a target to confirm accuracy.

    Pistols are tougher to guarantee that accuracy so I've also considered 00 buckshot.

    If I do not make a kill shot, I will pursue to finish the job but my concern ebbs quickly when I think of what our cats probably went through.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 9:04 AM
  • Oh, ticks, fleas, chiggers and termites are not tolerated in or around the house. (Nor on me)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 19, 2017, at 9:06 AM
  • Sad to say that Big Boy lost his battle on the operating table. They suspect his age, and a punctured/collapsed lung from broken ribs made him too weak to function during anesthesia. His muscles had been torn from the shaking he received.

    The shaking and multiple bites made the vet think it was a young coyote who was playing or learning to kill. He said an adult would kill and take the cat away immediately.

    If I get a shot or find a relatively fresh roadkill coyote, I may place it at the edge of the woods with plenty of human scent left behind. Soaking the coyote with sweat or urine reinforces the statement that humans killed it and that humans are dominant. (Came from a good source)

    I've been "marking" my territory for weeks but they never associated it with a dead one of their own, so this makes sense. Luckily, I live where no one can see me, :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Sep 20, 2017, at 10:08 AM
  • Sorry Steve it's always tough loosing a pet. Sounds like you are doing the right thing(s). Good luck!

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Thu, Sep 21, 2017, at 9:14 PM
  • Thank you LiveforLight. I am still waiting for an Opportunity to balance the score a little.

    Dogs have been relatively quiet but this morning at 5:00 am Spotty started her special bark.

    I don't want to get her thinking I will come out every time me she barks but I spent 1.5 hours waiting and watching. Nothing unusual.

    I usually hear them out in the valley when they are active but for now, if The dogs bark their bark, I will gear up.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 22, 2017, at 6:32 AM
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