We have been having some rather scary run ins with coyotes in our area and around the farm in the last two weeks.
The Eastern coyotes are different then what you may be used to seeing.These coyotes are bigger,braver and more wolf like.
These coyotes have wider mouths, with more surface area on the skull where chewing muscles attach, giving them a stronger bite for killing bigger prey. They eat more deer and they are comfortable in forests, much like wolves.
The coat ranges in color from,dark to light to reddish.
Two weeks ago Sunday we were fencing the never ending Oak field.
At 5pm I drove back to the house to check the critters and grab a few more fencing supplies.
I noticed my ducks were not around the barn yard and heading into the barn for the evening as usual.
I walked the 30 feet behind the barn to discover a pile of white feathers and no trace of either duck.
As I was frantically searching to try to see if they were still nearby and injured I came across fresh coyote track through my gardens,two sets,one very large one small.
My ducks were grabbed in broad daylight with us only a few hundred feet away.
It was not more then two nights later that hubby was out doing his nightly 11pm check on the cattle when a coyote decided to bark at him out of the darkness.
He had both the big dogs with him.
He yelled at the coyote as the dogs barked,the more he yelled and the dogs barked,the closer the coyote came yipping violently at them.
The dogs were getting nervous as was hubby.
He managed to chase him off and what appeared to be 5 others,they were less then 20 feet behind the cattle barn.
Friday we came home at 10:30pm to see a set of blue eyes shinning by my horse corral,when I shined what I thought would be a cat up,it was a huge lone coyote.
He ran into the horse pasture so I drove in after him.
He stopped and stared back less then 30 feet away.
He was bigger then I expected,his height was taller then my shepherd,his legs were very solid and long,his coat was silver with red around his ears and along his back.
I blew the horn and yelled at him,he stood there looking back not moving.
It took him awhile to walk off only to lie at the back of the pasture still watching us and probably waiting for his family to join him.
The most frighting event yet was just a few days ago when a man not more then 2kms away was going for his nightly walk at 7pm to find himself faced with 6 coyotes.
He hid in a thorn thicket with a big stick,they attempted to come in but between the thorns and his stick he managed to keep them at bay but not before over 8 hours of them persisting to get him had went by.
He came out the following morning scared and a very lucky man
The coyote timber wolf hybrid that is now calls Nova Scotia home is a frightfully dangerous animal.
We need a solution before the problem becomes any worse.
It has been a eye opening two weeks on the farm, I pray my critters are safe as we get ready to turn the cattle to pasture.
Do you have a predator problem??