|09-07-2013 11:45 AM|
|GSDElsa||Oh and I'm not a wild life biologist but am a biologist and spent college working in a wildlife biologist lab at my university|
|09-07-2013 11:43 AM|
Coyotes are turning into nasty little buggers. They do run in packs but they are not as structured as you'd see in wolves. I spent my youth chasing them on my horse (don't ask haha) and they were never alone. My parents' house backs to 10000 acres of open space and they encounter them all the time. Years ago they used to run from my parent's labs and now they will challenge them. I'll have to see if I can find a photo their neighbor took once of one up in one or their dogs face. They were coming back from a walk and were literally at the end of their Street when it happened. They also kill small dogs all the time. ... one came right into the neighbor's driveway and snatched the dog.
anyhow..... not sure how much coyotes have changed in other areas but in NM I would absolutely not be surprised if they started throwing down with big dogs.
And the Coyotes there have always been more than 30 pounds I feel. I'd say more like 40 or 50?
|09-07-2013 10:56 AM|
...and on lighter note, Bill Engvall tells this story about his wife's Daschie, his German Shepherd and coyotes on the 'One for the Road' Blue Collar Comedy tour, Bill would have been in heckuva a lot of trouble with his wife if not for the GSD!
" and we got a german shepherd we found on the side of the road.
Now I know why she was on the side of the road.
Yeah, nothing's free.
But I love that dog.
That dog saved my hiney one night.
One night my wife and I were sound asleep in bed, her dog was tryin' to jump up on the bed after I just talked to it.
So I just grabbed the little wiener dog and flung him out in the backyard.
Well, about five-thirty that mornin' I heard this squealin' and screamin' comin' out of the backyard.
Good god, I hopped out of bed in my underwear, put on my headlight house shoes, ran out in the backyard, and a coyote had jumped the fence.
Yes, and had my wife's wiener dog pinned down on the ground.
I'm like, "oh, [heck].
"I appreciate what you're doin'.
"Could have done it a little sooner " about that time I felt this whoosh by my leg.
That german shepherd ran out in that backyard, hit that coyote broadside, that coyote did three flips and jumped the fence.
I looked at that german shepherd and said, "come on, " funny thing was, for about two weeks after that, my wife and I would be sittin' at the breakfast table havin' coffee.
We'd look out in the street and there'd be two or three coyotes sittin' in our street, lookin' at our backyard.
And you know the conversation went like this.
"No, [heck] no.
"Don't go in there.
"That little dog's a setup.
"I ain't lyin'.
"Ask joe what happened to him.
"Heck, he won't eat nothin' " god bless you washington, I appreciate it!
|09-07-2013 10:28 AM|
Maybe a hybrid.
Like I said I'm not a wildlife biologist but I am a NatGeo nerd..
and I've seen quite a few coyotes personally, we're experiencing quite a population growth here too.
The ones I've seen personally match the descriptions in the literature and wildlife shows I've watched, most of them are pretty small 40 pounds if that, leggy though.
Now the wolf/coyote hybrid (interesting link posted earlier about that)...that's sort'a scary.
Cool pics, thanks for posting them up!
|09-07-2013 10:02 AM|
I used to worry about my GSD, Phoenix, tangling with coyotes at night (I let him outside every evening in addition to his being out at other times; its his favorite time) but he stays very close to our back door, where the coyotes don't come, not really straying out of the light. He likes to guard our back door, but if it gets really late, or really dark, he starts barking for no apparent reason (I say its not apparent, because i can't tell that anything is there, but he can sense much more than I) as though he is telling the coyotes that he is on guard here, and they had better stay away!
I worry about him though when we walk, because we do have quite a few coyotes where i live. I live in the country though, so they are still afraid of people and try and keep their distance.
Several years ago my Golden retriever was outside at night and my mom looked out the window and had a moment. There was a coyote trying to "Play with her" while trying to take her just a little further out of the yard. She wasn't buying it though (She was way to smart to trust this intruder) but he ran as soon as we opened the door.
So I do believe that they lure dogs out of yards, not to mention I know people who have had it happen. They are wild animals, who have survived this long by being cunning and sometimes playing dirty; its what they sometimes have to do. When they are out and you can hear them yipping, they are staying still, its when they are quiet that they are on the move! Coyotes make me nervous, on account of the fact that i never know what they are going to do. And coyote/dogs are even worse in my mind. I have a friend who works for animal control, and she had to research a case that took place in a big city. The coyotes and coyote/dogs had formed an enormous pack (strange enough in itself) and was actually stalking people. They killed one woman who was out jogging, and several other people. When the police found the pack, they tried to attack the police, who had to shoot most of them.
My own guess would be that the pack had gotten too large and they were getting desperate (though not desperate enough to turn on one another yet)
I can't imagine having that happen though! That would be so scarey, just picturing my beloved dog tangling with a possibly rabid coyote (or coyotes!) Its good that you trained him so well!!!!!
Lol that coyote probably got the thrashing of his life :P
Whoa, that was actually pretty long :P I got on a roll... Sorry. You guys can skip over this post if you so wish, kinda got carried away
|09-07-2013 09:32 AM|
the above were taken with my game cam (date is wrong) about 2 weeks ago..in my backyard, well on the other side of the fencing
She is as big as my 75lb gsd..we have alot of coyotes around here, they are pretty brave, tho they haven't challenged my dog yet..
I have a friend with a packof them behind her house, and they have howled in her dogs, who are definitely interested in joining up with them..(she's on a farm big fields)..
As long as they mind their own business, they dont bother me..
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|09-06-2013 06:26 PM|
Alrighty, just making sure and letting you know. Just in case that is where it was stemming from. lol
As far as my typing...give it some time to get to know me. You'll know when that emotion is spilling out. lol.
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