Wes Hunter wrote:To the OP:
(Permie cred: reduces predator pressure, gives you a salable product [hide], and provides meat for your birds. There is especial satisfaction in that last bit. Stacking functions!)
Faye Corbett wrote:I live in southwestern North Carolina and the coyotes (coywolves) are a big problem here. They can easily jump a six foot fence.
Wj CarrollIt is incredible how much they eat - I believe the average is around 70lbs of meat daily, per each.[/quote wrote:
That number is difficult to believe. First, a coyote is 40 to 50 lbs. on average. There is no way they'd eat 140% their body weight in meat daily. An average deer dresses out between 75 and 125 lbs. So if a coyote were to eat that much (70 lbs), a single coyote would take out 200+ deer a year. In the wild, a coyote can live between 10 - 14 years (much like the lifespan of a dog). That would be 2000 or more deer taken in the lifespan of a single coyote. Multiply that by the millions of coyotes in this country, and you quickly realize that if that were their appetite, it would be completely unsustainable. Even wolves don't eat anything close to that much, and wolves can get as big as 160 or even 180 lbs.
We've got a healthy family of coyotes that move through our neighborhood at night here in Los Angeles county (the southern suburbs), and exactly zero deer or other large game animals. If they were each eating 70 lbs of meat (or if the entire pack were eating 70 lbs), there is no way they would be sustained. There are only so many stray cats and homeless people for them to eat.
Some quick internet research brought back a number of 2 to 3 lbs of meat a day eaten by coyotes, the majority of it being rodents, birds and small animals. The most that a fully grown grey wolf can eat is about 22 lbs, although on average, they need only 7 lbs. a day to be reproductive, and can survive on as little as 2.5 lbs.
Anyhow . . . sorry . . . it's my annoying habit of correcting things on the internet.
Wj Carroll wrote:Eastern coyotes are very aggressive and smart.
elle sagenev wrote:Turns out coyotes are way faster than my great pyr. I haven't seen them in front of the house again though.
Travis Johnson wrote:I do not think it is possible to keep coyotes off a property, you simply have to understand them and work with them.