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Old 01-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, last night DH took Rocky out to potty, I guess a dog came charging at them and DH threw a rock at it which smacked the thing right in the head. (I felt semi-bad) it stumbled and then slunk off into the woods. He came inside and started doing an internet search. He thinks it was a coyote.

Our rabbit population has dwindled to nothing. I find it a bit out of character for a coyote to charge at Rocky while DH was there, but maybe it didn't see him? I don't know? What I do know is we have encountered dogs before, but Rocky was so shook up this time that he kept woofing and growing at every little thing for hours after that.

Finnaly about 5 am he woke DH up to take him out again. DH said Rocky was jumping at the slightest sound still, and was slinking accross the ground almost on his belly.

I do have a friend who hunts who told us to keep an eye out for them because they were coming more into town. DH said "I didn't know we had coyotes in Iowa!"
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very well could be a coyote. Please be careful because some of them around here are rabid and attach humans and pets....and then you have to take shots and it is not covered by insurance. I think someone told me it was close to 3,000.00. They also love to snatch and run with the little ones, so I am sure you are on alert.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We are always on the alert for coyotes here in New Mexico...especially since we live in a rural area surrounded by acreage. It is not uncommon to see a coyote in broad daylight walk through one of our pastures within a hundred feet of us. They can be very bold!
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh gosh how scary!! I know that they're in Ohio. Haven't seen any and don't want to!?(at least in my yard!) Hawks, coyotes, big dogs!! Too many things things to get at our fluffs!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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We shake the door bells and go outside first before Gus and Grace at night. Just to make sure it's safe.
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It is possible for the coyote tome come right up in the yard while your husband was there. I have heard enough horror stories (including one that hit very close to home with one of Cadeau's daughters) where this has happened, owners in the yard with their dogs and the Coyote brazenly coming right in. Be especially cautious around dusk.

Coyotes have expanded their territory all across the US.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That is so scary. I live in a VERY urban area so I doubt I will ever get to see a coyote but I would have been so scared about Gustave if this happened to us.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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All of these post are right==more &more animals coming out to be aware of--i to live on all private wooded area--I hate it--because iam a Big scardy cat***--I Love Animals But dont want them that close. Now With Yogi,It Makes It Hard to enjoy the outdoor in the spring and summer.--That About time i get 6-7 Racoons sitting on the porch. Nickee in Pa*

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It does happen, even with the owner standing right there. I had an older neighbor lady who had a little toy poodle. One night she stepped out on her back steps with him for him to go potty before bedtime, right outside their back door. In a flash, a coyote shot out of the corn field that is next to their house, snatched the little dog, and disappeared back into the corn field. It all happened lightening fast, she didn't even have time to react even though she was standing less than 10 feet from her dog. They never found the dog. It was absolutely horrible and you can only imagine how she felt.

We have lots of coyotes here, hear them every night, and see them frequently. This past summer there was a family of them, mom, dad, and three little pups that we saw all summer right in our pastures. Mom and dad would just be sitting there watching as the 3 pups would play and roll around on each other, just like any litter of puppies. I must admit that they were very cute to watch. Then mom and dad would finally get up and off they'd stroll, the puppies still bouncing and playing together. But the danger from them is very real; I have never been able to convince my hubby of the reality of the danger despite the tragedy that happened to my neighbor, and he would walk outside with our old Maltese Holly at night all the time with her off the leash to let her go potty. Use to scare me to death but he's one of those who always thinks nothing bad will ever happen. I know better. We also have lots of fox who love to eat dog and cat and see them in the yard all the time, but so far we've never lost one of our cats (or dog) to them. I think our outside cats are smart enough to know how to avoid them.
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There have been two mornings in the past two weeks where I heard horrible animal screams when I went out to get the newspaper. I'm assuming it was a coyote attacking something, but I won't go outside in the dark with the girls unless I am carrying them.
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