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I have some coyotes living near my house.i want to get rid of them for the sake of my neighbors pets and the dear i feed. I cant use a gun because i live in a neighborhood so is there anything i can do to get rid of them without using a gun?

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

the ancient art of trapping is vastly underrated.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Trap or bow hunt them !

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from buckeyeben wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

anti freeze stew

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Antifreeze doesn't always kill. When I was a ranger at Olympic National Park we had dozens of deer hanging around the visitors center at Hurricane Ridge to lap up the antifreeze that boiled over from the motorhomes. They'd do it day after day, year after year without any ill effects that I could see.

Poisoning IS NOT a good idea in a neighborhood unless you want to find yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit or possibly in jail. I'm afraid snares or leghold traps could get you in the same trouble.

Contact your county animal control folks. They should know what to do.

It's a shame people can't keep the neighborhoods in town where they belong. If you want to invade the great outdoors with suburbia, I say take your wilderness lumps, such that they are, or pack it in and move back to town.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Use a .22 lr at short ranges. Its not ideal but will do the job(if you shoot well) with minimal report. The sound of a .22 shouldn't really alarm anyone. Put a bait pile, either Alpo or some roadkill or both, in a safe shooting direction and use a spotlight after dark.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

AND STOP FEEDING THE BLOODY DEER!!!! If you're concerned about your neighbors, then knock it off with that stuff! They would just as soon not be wearing habituated deer on their windshields. If you want to "live in the country," try to leave the smallest footprint as possible. Otherwise it's not "the country" anymore. Make sighting a truely wild deer a memorable occassion, not some synthetically constructed daily dog and pony show.

Bottom line here: the coyotes are doing what they are supposed to be doing, keeping the deer wild and eliminating the weak. You are doing exactly the opposite - helping the weak survive and eliminating wild and natural conditions. The coyotes are making the world a better place. You are not. Get rid of some of the coyotes if there's too many but keep the deer wild and stop feeding them. If your municipality doesn't have regulations forbidding this, it should!

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

i agree with ontario honker to a degree, but if you have a large amount of coyotes trapping is the best way to dispose of them. just follow the rules and dont try to kill every coyote you can... and don't bait deer... it's unethical

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from PSEbowhunter wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

sounds like its time to break out the bow and have a hell of a time:)

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Scare Crow

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Getting rid of them will be a multi-step process, and I doubt you'll want to take all of my suggestions, because it will likely involve some practices you or your neighbors will not want to change, but you'll probably get better results if you follow my advice (I handled many nuisance calls for state wildlife agencies).

1. Stop feeding the deer and the birds. Deer feed and bird seed attracts rodents, and rodents attract coyotes. Also, coyotes will eat spilled bird seed.
2. Make sure everyone in the neighborhood is feeding their pets inside. Pet food is an easy source of nutrition for hungry coyotes.
3. "Coyote Proof" garbage cans or dumpsters with a tight fitting lid...metal cans work best because rodents cannot chew through them to access the food. Again, food attracts rodents, rodents attract coyotes.
4. Enclose compost piles in a framed box, a sturdy container such as a 55-gallon drum, or in a commercial composter
5. Do not leave pets unoccupied if you are worried about them being attacked.
6. Get an experienced trapper to trap them out. If you've never trapped coyotes before, it's not as easy as putting out a trap. There's a lot of thought and work that goes into trap placement and successfully capturing the target species, and getting an experienced trapper to do it will save you a lot of time and frustration.
7. DO NOT use killing style traps! In a neighborhood, you are just as likely to catch a neighbor's dog as you will a coyote. Foothold traps allow you to safely release non-target animals.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Very good response, Bioguy. Garbage, pet food, and feeders are certainly going to bring coyotes into suburbia. And bears as well! The sad thing is that once they're in the community, they are going to keep coming back. Then there is only one remedy. And frankly that really boils my oil. We go stick our damn homes out there in places that should be their homes and then kill THEM because of our slovenly bad habits.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I really enjoy reading your posts Ontario Honker :-).

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Getting rid of them will be a multi-step process, and I doubt you'll want to take all of my suggestions, because it will likely involve some practices you or your neighbors will not want to change, but you'll probably get better results if you follow my advice (I handled many nuisance calls for state wildlife agencies).

1. Stop feeding the deer and the birds. Deer feed and bird seed attracts rodents, and rodents attract coyotes. Also, coyotes will eat spilled bird seed.
2. Make sure everyone in the neighborhood is feeding their pets inside. Pet food is an easy source of nutrition for hungry coyotes.
3. "Coyote Proof" garbage cans or dumpsters with a tight fitting lid...metal cans work best because rodents cannot chew through them to access the food. Again, food attracts rodents, rodents attract coyotes.
4. Enclose compost piles in a framed box, a sturdy container such as a 55-gallon drum, or in a commercial composter
5. Do not leave pets unoccupied if you are worried about them being attacked.
6. Get an experienced trapper to trap them out. If you've never trapped coyotes before, it's not as easy as putting out a trap. There's a lot of thought and work that goes into trap placement and successfully capturing the target species, and getting an experienced trapper to do it will save you a lot of time and frustration.
7. DO NOT use killing style traps! In a neighborhood, you are just as likely to catch a neighbor's dog as you will a coyote. Foothold traps allow you to safely release non-target animals.

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

the ancient art of trapping is vastly underrated.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

AND STOP FEEDING THE BLOODY DEER!!!! If you're concerned about your neighbors, then knock it off with that stuff! They would just as soon not be wearing habituated deer on their windshields. If you want to "live in the country," try to leave the smallest footprint as possible. Otherwise it's not "the country" anymore. Make sighting a truely wild deer a memorable occassion, not some synthetically constructed daily dog and pony show.

Bottom line here: the coyotes are doing what they are supposed to be doing, keeping the deer wild and eliminating the weak. You are doing exactly the opposite - helping the weak survive and eliminating wild and natural conditions. The coyotes are making the world a better place. You are not. Get rid of some of the coyotes if there's too many but keep the deer wild and stop feeding them. If your municipality doesn't have regulations forbidding this, it should!

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from Big O wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Trap or bow hunt them !

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from buckeyeben wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

anti freeze stew

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Antifreeze doesn't always kill. When I was a ranger at Olympic National Park we had dozens of deer hanging around the visitors center at Hurricane Ridge to lap up the antifreeze that boiled over from the motorhomes. They'd do it day after day, year after year without any ill effects that I could see.

Poisoning IS NOT a good idea in a neighborhood unless you want to find yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit or possibly in jail. I'm afraid snares or leghold traps could get you in the same trouble.

Contact your county animal control folks. They should know what to do.

It's a shame people can't keep the neighborhoods in town where they belong. If you want to invade the great outdoors with suburbia, I say take your wilderness lumps, such that they are, or pack it in and move back to town.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Use a .22 lr at short ranges. Its not ideal but will do the job(if you shoot well) with minimal report. The sound of a .22 shouldn't really alarm anyone. Put a bait pile, either Alpo or some roadkill or both, in a safe shooting direction and use a spotlight after dark.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

i agree with ontario honker to a degree, but if you have a large amount of coyotes trapping is the best way to dispose of them. just follow the rules and dont try to kill every coyote you can... and don't bait deer... it's unethical

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from PSEbowhunter wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

sounds like its time to break out the bow and have a hell of a time:)

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Scare Crow

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Very good response, Bioguy. Garbage, pet food, and feeders are certainly going to bring coyotes into suburbia. And bears as well! The sad thing is that once they're in the community, they are going to keep coming back. Then there is only one remedy. And frankly that really boils my oil. We go stick our damn homes out there in places that should be their homes and then kill THEM because of our slovenly bad habits.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I really enjoy reading your posts Ontario Honker :-).

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