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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:16 PM

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I went outside to walk my dog just now to find a coyote staring back at me right in front of my house. I've seen them before, of course, but never this close. They seem to be acting more brazen lately. A few of the neighborhood cats have disappeared and I'm thinking this is the reason. There is ample forest and undeveloped land around here for them to live in.

This guy seemed pretty skittish to me. He ran off when he saw me looking at him. The neighborhood dogs, mostly on electric fences, seemed to be herding him away from their own property. I know they're a nuisance and can be dangerous to the aforesaid cats, chickens, etc. But my question to you mountain boys and ranchers out there is: Are they dangerous in the sense that they will attack a human, or, in my case, human with small cocker spaniel on a leash?

It's legal to hunt them on my island, but I really don't want to be carrying a rifle when I walk my dog. The neighbors are so unreasonable about such things. Just wondered what you guys thought.

P.S. A black bear was sighted in a Seattle neighborhood yesterday, first in Magnolia, then in Ballard.

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:22 PM

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Ive heard of people being attacked out past the hill country here, but i seem to remember then saying they were rabid. Course out there, coyotes are mainly used for long range target practice.

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:24 PM

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Much more common here in Arizona. The Coyote was try ing to lure your dog into a chase. Coyotes are pack animals and what they will do is run in a circle and unbeknownst to the dog is that on each lap they are chasing a different Coyote. This will wear out the dog, then they will pounce. Never walk your dog unless it is leashed. A friend of mine was walking his dog in Tucson by his girlfriends house and looked around to see why his dog was lagging. Well there was 4 or 5 coyotes and all were sniffing each others butts as dogs are wont to do. He just proceeded on and the coyotes followed for awhile then took off.
Is it legal to shoot a gun on your Island? They make shot birdshot 9mm ammo. Might be nice to have 1 or 2 in the mag for self & doggy protection.
Coyotes, like most animals are not aggressive unless sick or rabid.

5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:29 PM

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will run away from any person, especially an adult unless they are rabid. They are similar on the predator scale to a bobcat, but not as quick and nimble. The most likely reason the coyotes are entering the neighborhood is lack of food or water. If you're cocker was alone, and the coyote was hungry, he would be in some trouble. It would be hard for a coyote to catch a cat unless it's de-clawed because the cat would climb up a tree or telephone pole. We have coyotes in the desert around here, and we seem to attract them when we go camping because of our food. I'll see them circling around the camp but they usually stay a couple hundred yards away. I've tried to pursue them, but they always take off. If you're worried about it, and don't want to carry a gun, buy some bear pepper spray

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:30 PM

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I have been a coyote hater for most of my life. They take a significant number of birds, rabbits, squirrels etc. They are infamous for rabies and have very bad habits in all people inhabited areas.
BTW, they used to get all upset when a Cougar would walk through the parks and across the golf courses around Seattle looking for critters.

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:38 PM

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Yup: Legal to shoot

This is an affluent suburb of Seattle full of libs who freak out at the notion of someone actually defending themselves with a firearm. Having said that I understand the concern people have of some white collar professional with no experience to speak of whipping out the 30-06 to take out a coyote running between houses. You'd have to be awfully careful taking a shot at one quickly because of the housing density. A long shot in the air without a bunch of trees to back you up would be really stupid.

The thing is, I see a change in behavior. It was an unusually harsh winter (Global Warming, I guess) so that may have something to do with it. The island is officially 10% park & forest land, including some very nice old growth plus quite a lot of undeveloped forested land. Plenty of room for critters of all types. I've never seen a bear or cougar on the island itself, but I wouldn't be surprised. There are plenty of both on the mainland north of here.

Then there are the Sasquatch. It's mating season and their noise is just ugly!

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:42 PM

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Thanks Reaper

I think I will upgrade my pepper gel to bear quality. :-)

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:43 PM

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global warming...

PFFFT! I guess we can all thank Al "SOBCSF" Gore for inventing that

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 1:54 PM

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That Sasquatch Sound

Kinda like a political fund raiser ? My neighbor having sex with their pool filtration system ? The Presidents Press Secretary when asked a "real" question ? Speaker of the House's favorite ox being gored ? And, they do like to swim. Saw one last summer in Ocean City, she was sun bathing w/flip flops.

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 12:17 AM

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Coyotes are fun

And they do some pretty cool acrobatics when hit with .303 Brit softpoints from across a cowpond. The fur is ruined, but the farmers around my area used to pay a 35 dollar bounty for them just to be killed.

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5 years 10 weeks ago, 12:52 AM

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they dont come around my house cuz of the rottweilers, but every once in a while i hear about coyotes attacking people.

I'm just another damn yankee with a loaded gun looking for some fun!
5 years 10 weeks ago, 3:56 PM

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for coyote attacks would be rabies, as coyotes are resourceful enough to find food anywhere. Coyotes and racoons are two land animals that are not really affected negatively by human intrusion. Those little fuckers are like ravens, if there's a trash can or pet nearby, they stay fed.

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