@ CE I enjoyed your analysis, and it is a true one.....in my part of the country wolves ruled the forest until we pushed them out. We don't have much of a coyote problem though here. It gets far too cold, plus there are a LOT of other predators that would make the attrition rate in pups and juveniles very high.
Ex: A friend of mine that was visiting was excited to go squirrel hunting out into my 90% oak forest that starts about a mile from my house....he assumed that it would be packed with them, seeing as it is their fav food source. I told him many times that there are ZERO squirrels in those hills, and he did not believe me.
That is because they are instead packed with fisher cats and foxes, which are killing machines for squirrels. Haven't seen a squirrel around my property in a year. The fishers are mean as hell though
The only point I would make is that I don't understand the idea of killing coyotes to protect livestock, on the basis that we killed the wolves, making them invasive.....this means that we would only instead be dealing with WOLVES, which are an entirely different can of worms than coyotes. My brother in Montana has constant wolf tracks around, and he says how anything you put outside, from cattle to chickens, will be dead on the first night from those killers.
So we pushed out the real killers, and now they are replaced with second rate killers, thus we have a right to kill them too?
I don't understand why no one is old school anymore with protecting their livestock. Get sheepdogs, keep some bulls out there with horns the width of a truck grill, and maybe little coyotes wouldn't be killing your cattle anymore....it seems really stupid to say "Oh poor me, I put 20 heifers and 3 calves all out on 150 acres of open plains, with no real fencing, sheepdog protection, or bulls to provide any defenses....and then one of them got killed!"
I mean I only keep goats, chickens, geese, rabbits, and one cow. Not a big operation.....and I have 2 full-time sheepdogs out there to protect them. It's common sense.
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