How To Get Rid of Coyotes Yourself
Coyotes are considered pests for several reasons. The foremost reason that coyotes are unwelcome guests is that they can come onto your property, make a horrible mess and terrorize your pets. Coyotes can get into your trash cans and string them all over your yard, eat all the fruit and vegetables in your yard and will use your yard as their personal toilet. All of these things can be a problem because coyotes can carry diseases in their feces that can be transmitted to your family and to your pets. Another issue that comes up with coyotes living near your property is that they have a horrible howl that sounds like a baby crying or a small animal being strangled. While this is not a big problem when there is just one coyote, there is a problem when there are several coyotes howling together when you or your children are trying to sleep. If you have some coyotes that you want to get rid of, try some of these do it yourself tips:
- 1) Eliminate whatever is attracting them to your property, such as garbage, and easily accessible chicken coop, etc.
- 2) Use a very large live cage trap. This is not easy. Experienced trappers only.
- 3) Use a paw-hold trap to catch the coyote, then shoot it. This is what the experienced fur trappers do. It is not easy, not humane, etc.
One way that you can get rid of coyotes is to trap them. However, this is not going to be easy because coyotes are skittish and cautious of anything they do not understand or recognize. You can buy traps at garden and hardware stores or you can even call your local humane society to rent one. You may even get a humane officer to trap them for you. However, in some states it is illegal to trap them and in others you are asked to euthanize them so you must check this out and follow your state’s regulations.
There are many repellent products available to you that you can pick up online, in garden stores and even in some hardware stores. Some of the repellents include predator urines, chemical sprays and ammonia based scents. However, what they don’t tell you is that these repellents are not very effective and they have to constantly be reapplied for them to be effective.
One of the most effective ways to keep coyotes out of your yard is to keep it clean and to build a fence to keep them out. For example, you must keep your garbage cans secured inside, your need to keep your pets’ food inside and you need to pick up any fallen and rotting food off the ground. To make this strategy even more effective is to build a fence around your property. Make sure this is a sturdy fence that goes a few feet under the ground and several feet above it so they cannot burrow underneath it or jump over it.
Another tactic that is useful for getting rid of coyotes is to take away their food and shelter. If you keep your yard clean that is one thing, but take it another step further and kill off the rodent population on which they feed. If you trap, poison, etc. the rodents then the coyotes would really have to leave your property.
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How to Get Rid of Coyotes Outside
If you live in the country, coyotes may be a part of life. Some states have hunting seasons on this canine, but if you have a problem coyote, waiting for the right hunting season may not be practical. Regardless of how you want to deal with your coyote, you will need to contact your local game department to see if permits are required for trapping and removal. The most common traps for coyotes are leg hold traps and cage traps. Trapping these animals is recommended only for professionals or people with a good knowledge of their adversary. Coyotes are intelligent, and if the traps set for them are not placed properly, the coyote will forever avoid them. For this reason, researching where the coyote has been travelling is an important part of proper trapping methods. Coyotes travel on established paths and these trails can be determined by the appearance of tracks and droppings. Be prepared to catch other animals instead of coyotes. Dogs, skunks and porcupines are all common prisoners of coyote traps. If you have a neighbor with a loose dog, keep your neighbor aware of where you have set your traps.
Coyotes are animals that are not dogs, but are not wolves either. Coyotes can be best described as skinnier feral dogs. They come in a variety of coat colors, but are usually gray, white, brown and a ruddy-yellow color. Coyotes have a distinctive howl and are largely scavengers. While coyotes will hunt prey for food, that is not their main source of food as they are used to scavenge off of carcasses and food that is left behind by humans. In fact, coyotes have become so accustomed to humans that they now rely on their presence for food and, in some cases, shelter. This is causing the coyote population to explode and is pushing coyotes and humans together as the fight for space becomes harder.