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Coyotes Can Protect Your Livestock From Predators

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Thanks to Randy Comeleo, Program Advisor, Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program, Benton County
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

6 Comments

  1. red says:

    It’s a funny thing, but the ancestors back east acquired livestock from family in the South, after the Spanish tried to explore the area. When the english arrived, we had herds of cattle, horses, hogs, and so on to trade. We suffered few if any losses to wolves, tho mountain lions were a problem. Colonists had to pen their stock nightly or lost a lot of them. We do not kill predators without good reason–note, please, this is Biblical, as well. Fact is, in times of drought, the ancestors would take older animals, well past their prime, and kill them where the wolves tended to gather. But, any animal taken by them would cause a hunt for the perpetrator. Like Pappy said, wolf is sacred, but Wolf of times needs to be reminded he also makes great fuzzy underwear. walk in beauty

  2. Mark Coats says:

    Interesting article, the photo of the coyote and the cow shows what I call predator desensitization. An easily taught Stockmanship skill, very transferable to human interactions with livestock. Although much of the focus of the article is towards sheep and coyote presence and interactions. Coyote presence and interactions are key in monitoring apex predator presence in a cattle operation. http://www.rancherpredatorawareness.net

  3. Emily says:

    Excellent article showing once again the importance of looking at the big picture when solving problems. Indiscriminate killing usually doesn’t work for long in ecosystems because nature abhors a vacuum. Pests, be they weeds, internal parasites, or coyotes need to be “farmed” or managed rather than eradicated.

  4. Doug Murphy says:

    Our neighbor hood is relatively wild with bears, coyotes, and lots of deer. Our dairy cattle and chickens are outside when ever it is not snowing. calves are pasture born. We have never killed a coyote. They have never injured or killed one of our animals. Coyotes are very territorial. If you start killing them, new ones will move in and the new ones don’t know the rules. In addition the coyotes help limit the deer population

  5. Alice H. Allen says:

    Thanks very much for confirming my beliefs regarding coyotes! On this small grazing farm we live comfortably with local coyotes. This article will be shared with neighbor farmers who harbor differing sentiments toward coyotes.
    Thank you!

  6. Richard says:

    Thanks, Kathy, for pointing to practical research which may challenge us. Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Prodigal Summer” explores conflicting attitudes toward coyotes moving east. From the Guardian review:

    ‘Kingsolver, a former biologist and journalist, has a rare ability to communicate widely what she knows as a scientist, and this novel sounds warnings against hunting predators who compensate by breeding faster… The ecosystem reestablishing itself…is seen as a common habitat, not a wilderness to be kept at bay from the farmland. As Deanna says of hunting coyote: “It’s not just one death. It’s a piece of the world turned upside down.” ‘

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