The coyote is one of the most wide-ranging and adaptable of all predators in the United States. The coyote has expanded its range from the western and plains states throughout all of the United States. This series from Kentucky Afield looks at the natural history of the coyote and means of controlling this predator.
Lethal methods of predator control have been around for a long time, with varied results. These include shooting and trapping of problem animals. In the past, poisoning has been used, but that method is almost universally banned today. As mentioned earlier, be sure to check the legal regulations before starting a lethal predator control program. Laws can change so make sure to stay up-to-date. Also, in some locations and situations, hunting and trapping licenses may …
There are special considerations when selecting the type of guard animal for goats. The first is how much care you want to provide that animal. Dogs are the most commonly used guard animals but they need special feeding. Donkeys and llamas can consume what the goats eat but will require other care to remain healthy, including foot trimming and shearing of the llamas. Llamas also can suffer from the same parasites as the goats, so they will need treatment for …
One of the major issues faced by all livestock producers is predation. This is more of a concern for sheep, goat and poultry producers, although cattle and horse producers may have losses due to predation at times.
While the major predators for small ruminants like sheep and goats are dogs and coyotes; other predators such as birds of prey, bobcats and foxes can be a problem in some areas. The primary predator that most people are concerned …
There is a lot of truth in the statement “good fences make good neighbors.” This concept applies to predator control as well. The first thing you need to realize is that you cannot fence out all predators. They will always find a way into your fields. Good fences make it more difficult for them, increasing the chances that they will look for food elsewhere.
The most common fences for predator control involve good woven wire …
Contrary to popular belief, the most common predator that the majority of goat producers face is their neighbor’s dog and/or errant dogs running in a pack. A pack of dogs can kill 20-30 goats in one night because they do so for sport and will attack hind legs first. In certain regions, eagles,coyotes and bobcats represent the major problem. Foxes can prey on weak, just born kids. Predators generally only kill one animal every 2-3 nights, …
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