Post by wheelgarden1 on Jan 27, 2019 20:44:30 GMT -5
We've had notices from the county extension folks about our plentious coyotes mating with certain domestic dogs around here. Coyotes are nothing to sneeze at, those critters are damn aggressive if you're in their way.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't see too many around here but they are here obviously and I hear them at night sometimes. We do have resident gray foxes in the garden which are nice and unusually for foxes are able to climb trees especially to escape the coyotes.
I've got two miniature poodles which are to me medium size dogs , about 20lbs, 14 inches at the shoulder. I'd always let them out a lot and left them in our fairly large garden , an acre and a bit for extended periods. But last year they were attacked and whilst both survived it was touch and go and many thousands in vet bills. Luckily we were able to intervene but even with two dogs, albeit smaller ones, against one coyote I think any longer and they would have been killed.
Inland Southern California USDA zone 9b, Sunset zone 19
Coyotes are a huge problem around here. Since I live along the edge of a large ranch they venture over onto my place from time to time trying for a chicken dinner. I've seen them chasing chickens in the middle of the afternoon when I use to let them run loose. Saw one stalking a fawn one morning when feeding the deer too. Of course I never have the shotgun close when they show up.
davidjp, We have bald eagles that can snatch up a small dog or cat! The eagle population has increased dramatically over the last few years. I saw one fly over our back yard the other day. We have wooded areas just on the edge of town where they nest. My Dad has them at the quarry. I think they like to fish there. Such a majestic bird.
There are coyotes, but none venture into town. We live 1 block from the fields. Red foxes have been in town and took up residence at the local lumber yard. Deer venture in once in a while.