KitKat 2002 - 2017
Why the picture of KitKat on a post about coyotes? Because we think that KitKat was a victim of coyotes three days ago.
That fear was solidified yesterday morning when I saw a coyote on the edges of our lawn. I shot into the ground, but not at it since I have a problem with killing an animal that is just doing what it does. However, shortly after the coyote ran, our next oldest cat slid out of a tree and continued to lay there so I knew something was wrong.
It turns out that Big Boy had been mauled by the coyote. Had I known that at the time, I probably would have taken aim. He is convalescing in one of our bathrooms and we still do not know if he will survive but we are doing the best we can. He is still able to walk and if he had internal bleeding, he probably would have died by now, so we are forcing fluids and waiting.
Now my dilemma. The next time I see a coyote near the house, do I shoot to kill or ......?
More than likely it will be the same coyote or from the same pack. We have lost three house cats (who went outside for daily exercise) and numerous cats from the semi-feral colony over the past month and the odds are now stacked against the coyotes. I had also considered bobcat, but this recent event puts it back squarely on the coyotes.
Will killing one make the others shy about coming around, at least for a few months? Will I need to shoot one every few months to keep them afraid?
Normally I have been trying to scare them with lights, radios, urine, etc. but obviously it is not working. Our oldest dog is big enough to intimidate any coyote at 110 pounds but she is slowed by arthritis and her sidekick Spotty is not free to run with her. She would be on her own, which would be OK one on one but coyotes rarely run by themselves.
Spotty would LOVE to get into the mix but her desires are the same reason she is tethered. If it runs, she chases and that goes for the cats as well, even though we have numerous pictures of her and cats rubbing/sleeping together.
So again, my dilemma.