Gut Rumbles

August 11, 2005


The last time I was in North Georgia, somebody told be that coyotes were starting to become pestiferous. I've never seen one or even heard one howl at night. But this guy swore to me that wild coyotes raided chicken farms and even killed young calves on farms in that area.

If anybody sees one, they shoot at it up there now.

Do YOU have coyotes roaming in your area? The worst things I have to worry about where I live are rabid racoons, armadillios and rattlesnakes. I can handle those.

But a pack of feral dogs... that's a different story.


Lots of coyotes here in Connecticut (just one reason I keep my cats inside) and we also spot an occasional bobcat....

As long as you dont have any small animals outside that you are worried about, the coyotes arent anything to be concerned about. I kind of enjoy seeing them loping thru our "back 40"...

Could be worse, could be a black bear (and we have them too....why we have even had an occaisonal stray MOOSE find its way into these parts)

Its what makes life interesting...

Posted by: Ruth on August 11, 2005 08:22 AM

I lived in California for many years and never once saw a live Coyote. The first day we moved to Illinois, we saw six of them standing on the side of the road. I have since seen and heard many of them. We also have persistent rumors of a big cat (cougar?) in the area. WTF would a cougar want to get anywhere near Chicago?

Posted by: Florida Bill on August 11, 2005 08:28 AM

They are all over my valley in Macon County, NC, just north of Rabun County, GA. They are trapped, shot, and otherwise battled, but they continue to yip most nights.

Posted by: Brett on August 11, 2005 08:29 AM

I'm in OK, so yeah, all over the place. From what I've read, ten or 15 years ago coyote took notice of all the bridges over rivers that used to keep them in the western areas, crossed over and now they're damn near everywhere. They're survivors, and the Indians didn't call him 'Trickster' for nothing.

Some areas we have the packs of feral dogs, too. Which is one reason I don't generally go into the woods without a boomstick.

Posted by: Mark on August 11, 2005 09:10 AM

I live in Kentucky, (western Kentucky) it seems that every year we see more and more coyotes. My family does alot of hunting, we shoot every coyote we see, hell we would rather shoot a coyote than a deer. We don't like them at all, they kill lots of young deer and turkeys. I say they all need to be dragged off and shot. That's a quote I stole from a blogger I read everyday, hope you don't mind.

Posted by: Jeff on August 11, 2005 09:29 AM

Coyotes and wild dog packs are becoming an increasing problem in Indiana. In addition deer are overpopulated, often starving. The enviros still protest hunting. They would rather see a deer starve than be food. I do not get it.

Posted by: hoosierboy on August 11, 2005 09:29 AM

Eastern PA about an hour and a half west of NY city or an hour and half north of Philly and we have coyotes, black bears and I've even seen a bobcat.

We have white tail deer out the wazoo, not to mention the opossum, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, various snakes (mostly non-venomous), pheasants, wild turkey, quail, owls, various types of hawks, falcons, and even bald eagles.

Yeah, it's dreary living in the industrial northeast.

Posted by: Jonboy on August 11, 2005 09:44 AM

Shoot the sumbitches on sight! Coyotes are a veratile animal that has been found living in the alleys of major cities! They cannot be tamed as can a dog-they are vicious creatures, smart, and carry disease. They are the epitomy of Hillary Clinton!

Posted by: GUYK on August 11, 2005 09:47 AM

yepp I think the only animal not roaming wisconsin is the elephant.

Posted by: livey on August 11, 2005 09:54 AM

Hoosier also. We live on a state highway in a semi-rural area. A retired cop who lives across the road told us when we moved in 10 years ago that he'd seen coyote while out walking his German Shephard and sometime after that we saw one dead on an off-ramp. Used to hear them howling every so often but not lately.

Also, our local state park holds controlled deer hunts about every 2-3 years. Its a good idea because some years when you walk through the park there is NO vegetation near the ground.

Posted by: Jane on August 11, 2005 10:24 AM

Last week, during my lunch break at work, I sat outside at a picnic table, looked up, and there was a scrawny little coyote standing in the meadow watching me have lunch. I stood up to get a better look, and he ran into the woods. Here in Tacoma, I've also seen a fox run down the street, right in front of our house...I wish they'd stay.

Posted by: Bonita on August 11, 2005 10:53 AM

I live in the 'burbs in Southern Calif. We have them. It makes my blood run cold when I hear them as a pack attack it's prey. It is a sound you never forget.
My aussie dog knew that they were not regular dogs either, he'd go after them with the intent to maime or kill.

Posted by: Maeve on August 11, 2005 11:01 AM

Armadillos in Savannah???? Really?

Posted by: Kelly on August 11, 2005 11:38 AM

I live in northern Illinois (less than ten miles from Wisconsin) and we have the damn bastards all over the place. They've really moved in during the last few years. I hear them howl and yip maybe two or three times a month.

Last winter I saw three of them chasing down a full size deer during a full moon so bright you could read a book at midnight. That was very cool.

I'm trying to get my wife's uncle who owns two dairy farms to let me set up an electronic decoy on his property line and bag a few of those fuckers with my .30-30.

Posted by: Graumagus on August 11, 2005 12:01 PM

Armadillos are all over the place where I live. I've killed several dozen, because they'll pack up and root in your lawn worse than wild hogs do.

I see 'em dead on the road every day.

Posted by: Acidman on August 11, 2005 12:24 PM

I shot one three years ago while deer hunting - he jumped out of a brush pile after someone I was hunting with had fired at a deer. The coyote ran away for where the shot was fired, toward me. At a full-out run he spotted me swing my rifle down at him and he turned broad-side, cleared a tree, fired - not able to use the scope.... gutted him! I had his hide tanned - turned out nice.

In Wisconsin you can shoot coyotes any time of year - they are like living strip mines (they will kill any and all game they can reach).

Posted by: baley on August 11, 2005 01:27 PM

My parents told me that when they would visit my Uncle in AZ, that they would see warnings on TV for people who walk their dogs off leash. It seems the coyotes would coax the dog to play and get it to run off with them. The family dog isn't in as good physical shape as the coyotes so they would run the dog until exhaution and then attack.
BTW, I lost two cats to them in SOCal.

Posted by: DianeK on August 11, 2005 01:51 PM

Forget the coyotes, New Jersey has tigers! One year a tiger got loose in Jackson NJ. It was thought to have come from a Six Flags theme park nearby, but it was traced back to some lady who owned 23 tigers. The paperwork that she had wasn't up to date and as far as my friends and I could figure she was missing 6 of them. We figured that's enough for a breeding population. With all of the deer out in the Pine Barrens there would be plenty for them to eat. No lie!
Google Joan Marasek and find out.

Posted by: Dorothy on August 11, 2005 02:19 PM

Another CT resident here (SE corner). We figure a coyote is what did in one of my mother's cats - it went out one day and was never seen again. One of my neighbors hears them in back of her house. We also have foxes, who have no shame, sitting out on the street corner in broad daylight, watching you drive by. (The four legged variety, just to clarify for the filthy minded here, which must include me, since I thought about it.)

The bears are (so far) in a different part of the state, though I'm pretty sure I saw one dead by the side of I-90 just east of Albany (NY)about 15 years ago. Someone tried to tell me it had to be a moose, but it was too small, and had a pointy nose (the buzzards had been at it for a while). I've also seen a bald eagle over downtown Albany, one one over the Thames in Preston, CT.

When we were visiting friends in Missouri in '02, I remember their son going out with his shotgun looking for coyotes. The chicken coop had not fared well.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on August 11, 2005 04:57 PM

Coyotes are just about everywhere in North America
including Briar Island, Nova Scotia which is one island from the end of a very long ( 50-60 miles ) skinny peninsula in the Bay of Fundy. There's a hellacious rip current between the islands so near as anyone can figure they got there by riding the ferries unoticed.

Posted by: ibm on August 11, 2005 07:59 PM

Oh yeah, Pappy - we've got coyotes around the house we're renting out in Macon (they've killed a couple of the tenant's cats), and I've seen them at High Falls State park.

They are all over the place up near Warm Springs and Pine Mountain (Callaway Gardens) too, it's pretty cool, actually, to sit out at the hotel pool, drink beer, and listen to them howl.

Posted by: Donnie on August 11, 2005 08:10 PM

Coyotes are why we did not have to bury that cow struck by lightning. I think coyotes may have been invented here in Texas.

I raised cattle for a number of years and coyotes NEVER bothered them. Poisionous snake bites, feral dogs and white trash's hunting dogs all bothered my cattle. My (legalized) M16 got some dogs. Feral hogs the greatest problem here.

Many times those dogs are referred to by locals as coyotes or wolves. The ones I have shot look like mixed breed mutts, sorta the same type curs as the locals have in their front yards.

Kinda funny, when I have put a burst into those dogs, sometimes I have heard a car crank up and haul balls down the road.

I began raising Longhorns a few years ago. They will attack anything that might predate on cattle, including those dogs. Funny to watch a Longhorn chase a dog, for 100s of yards. I have heard that burros or donkeys put in with a cattle herd will do the same.

Posted by: TomR on August 11, 2005 08:58 PM

Coyotes here in rural AZ ?
Sure, they've made a path from down by the road, up around the junipers to check for rabbits (just like my dog), up to the porch to see if the dog didn't eat his evening food (and lap up his water). Then east of the house to circle the garden fence, and out south to check the neighbor's place "over there".
They're as regular as the paper delivery guy.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on August 11, 2005 10:18 PM

lots of coyotes in texas. we just shoot em.

Posted by: mlah on August 11, 2005 11:40 PM

SoCalburbia also -- not at all uncommon to see one trotting down the street early in the morning on my way to work. Hear them somewhat frequently on the hill out back and have lost 2 of the kids' cats to the mofos over the past 15 years. Suckers are there alright. Also frequent possums and the resident skunk who likes to skulk through my patio late at night when he thinks no one is out there. They all got run out of the hills as the burbs bleed ever upward and outward, so they come down and hang here where the kitty pickin's are good. Survival.

Posted by: Marianne on August 12, 2005 03:22 AM

WA state, small town on the west side in the foothills of the Cascade mountains-- you bet we have coyotes. We also have wolves and cougars and deer and elk and more damn raccoons than you can shake a stick at. My wife was watering the garden the other night before dusk and along comes a raccoon, walking about five feet from her, to drink the runoff from the hose! No shit! She hollered and I grabbed a slingshot and pegged him in the ass, so he ran into the empty lot next to us. Used to have a family of them in the old treehouse where I grew up-- big mean fuckers.

I finally got a long-barreled bolt action .22 so I can pop those fuckers with CB caps without my neighbors freaking out.

Posted by: Kyle on August 12, 2005 05:39 PM

i had a coyote outside my chicken coop about ayear ago, and i'm fifteen miles from atlantic city. there have been bears in town several times this year. several years ago my wife swore she saw a puma crossing the road. others supposedly saw a puma in the area, but no one has gotten any concrete evidence.

Posted by: scott crosson on August 14, 2005 09:56 PM

just saw a live coyote for the first time in my back yard in Southern New Jersey at 5a Aug 22. It was messing with my Yellow Lab, tried to get photo, but it was too dark outside. We have had a med size black bear spotted in my woods this summer too walking right pased my house! Prior to that i have seen a fox, deer, otter and beavers in the yard (i live near a river), but never bears and coyotes! Crazy

Posted by: Brian on August 23, 2005 05:33 AM

Yesterday in Southeastern Pa. I got within fifteen feet of a coyote. I was in my family room with my 35 lb. Boston terrier mix. when he went bonkers. He stood upright barking furiously on the glass doors leading to the patio. Rushing over, I saw an enormous coyote staring back at me. He didn't move and neither did I for at least 30 seconds. Then, not sure if my dogs ferocious barking or my presence sent him running. I do feel he was about to attack my dog, not knowing that he was behind glass doors at the time. It has made me very leary about going in the yard and even walking the dog at this point. Nature is great but more so in a place like Yellowstone Park!

Posted by: marilyn on October 28, 2005 12:00 PM

How safe is a cat outdoors in Albany,N.Y.

Posted by: carol on July 24, 2008 03:46 AM
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