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#6256692 - 06/09/18 07:17 AM Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring
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Registered: 12/25/06
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Loc: SW Pa
Several sheep farms have been hit hard with coyotes this spring. It has been the worst I have seen in many years. All over a 3 county area. I cant keep up with the calls and have had to turn folks down. Early April on has seen dozens of kills. Eastern coyote work has its challenges. The coyotes come in and kill then don't return for weeks in some cases. Some are kill for the sport attacks in some areas just cause they can.

They will kill 4-8 lambs and maim other lambs and ewes then only eat one or two lambs. These lambs are about 25#. They will often drag or carry one back to a feeding area or den that isn't found in the immediate area. Many times all you will find near the kills are the stomach and intestines that obviously aren't eaten.These entrails will be cleaned up in a few days by other animals and birds.

Get familiar with the attack areas of the bodies as they can vary at times. The skull, neck and side of the face are common attack areas for coyotes on lambs. Some have bite patterns on the back and spine as well on many kills. Coyotes like the skulls and eat some completely off the bodies. The lambs skulls are soft at this age and the brains are a tasty delight I assume for them..

Not a pretty sight being quite costly and frustrating for these sheep operations.









This sheep trail leads back to a small shelter. One lamb kill can be seen lying near the end of the trail to the shelter on the right of the photo.





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#6256756 - 06/09/18 09:00 AM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 01/04/12
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Loc: Cole County MO
Didn't know they ate the heads like that. Thanks for sharing Bob!
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#6256860 - 06/09/18 01:03 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
star flakes Offline
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Registered: 02/19/15
Posts: 102
Loc: MN, USA
Gourmet predators like brains, and that is usually older adults. Patterns in Great Horned Owls eating brains and dry land mink.
For nostalgia purposes, when Richard Nixon banned poisons and the EPA took off all suitable off the shelf poison control, the coyotes appeared. Yes they had some help in transplants from "hunters", but it was the same early 1980's era that saw the racoon plague in the east when Florida banned trapping.
American wildlife policy is not effective any more. It is easier to raise large predators who do not vote, than to raise what Teddy Roosevelt stated was proper wildlife policy along with John Burroughs (Godfather of Yosemite) in killing all the large predators and leaving only the suitable wildlife for humans to harvest.
America needs an eradication program for everything from ticks to coyotes, because nature is finding a way through ticks to crop the surplus humans and coyotes run through cycles of mange which spread to domestic animals.
These yotes were raised on lamb and in most situations the reason they were raised on lambs is because all the fawns were killed off.
It is not like when Ronald Reagan was president in cheap gas, cheap ammo and 500 dollar pick ups, so that weekend roaders were always picking off these predators for good fur prices to keep things in check. Most people can not afford a license and most people can not afford to call ADC and the state employees for the most part are as dense as the one who told me a raccoon had killed 2000 dollars worth of chickens. I informed the college boy that raccoons do not carry off birds. To that he just blinked stupidly and had nothing to say. It all turned out wonderful as I killed the predator and the state promoted the moron to a higher post of conservation officer.

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#6257726 - 06/11/18 04:27 AM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: star flakes]
Mac Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1971
Loc: Maine
Bob, Thanks for sharing.
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#6258042 - 06/11/18 02:36 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
bmccoyote Offline
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Registered: 08/25/16
Posts: 148
Loc: new mexico
Bob, has anybody out there tried guard dogs? Most everyone I know here in NM has them, as well as lots of other sheep/goat producers across the west. They make a big difference in the flock that I watch after. That, and I can work on the coyotes year round out here.

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#6258138 - 06/11/18 04:59 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
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The one rancher had some dogs for several years and they all eventually died. He never got another dog after the last one died. He is in his early 80's now and feels the dog will out live him now so he doesn't want to get one. He has been real lucky not to get hit sooner then he did. I catch coyotes all around his place but you get that one or two that get a taste and they want more.

He sent most of this years lambs to auction a couple of weeks after the first coyote attack. He got hit again one month to date with 4 more kills. He is about ready to get out of the sheep business I believe.

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#6258281 - 06/11/18 09:41 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 06/07/13
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Loc: Southeast Va
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#6258521 - 06/12/18 10:55 AM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
Uwe Offline
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Registered: 11/10/16
Posts: 250
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
Bob, silly question maybe, why are they staked down?
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#6258685 - 06/12/18 05:19 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Loc: SW Pa
If you don't stake them down the coyotes or foxes will attempt to cart them off. I like to keep the lambs at the kill site. With the small size of the lambs they can run or drag them off. Done this too many times. It forces the coyotes to run the access routes I have set up and the snare lines I have placed.

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#6259433 - 06/13/18 09:15 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
bmccoyote Offline
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Registered: 08/25/16
Posts: 148
Loc: new mexico
Bob, that's too bad to hear about a producer getting out of the business. I will say however, there is a down fall to having guard dogs, sheep and net wire fences. Sometimes you catch guard dog, like this morning. Had female that weighed about 130 lbs in a jake on a drag. Took a little work but I got her released, and all with out the catch pole or getting bit. The one before that did not go as smoothly.

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#6259589 - 06/14/18 05:07 AM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
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Registered: 12/25/06
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Loc: SW Pa
I agree, I have caught my share of guard dogs in both cattle and sheep operations. No way to really avoid that. Over time they cover all the pasture areas and they respond the same as a coyote to investigate a set. Just how it goes. I explain that to all the farmers and ranchers. Most understand that fact.

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#6260075 - 06/14/18 07:30 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: Bob Jameson]
white marlin Offline
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Registered: 01/04/07
Posts: 2016
Loc: SW PA
Thank you for the education, Bob!
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#6261856 - 06/17/18 08:38 PM Re: Lots of coyote Lamb kills this spring [Re: white marlin]
Jason Turner Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 148
Loc: Arkansas
Originally Posted By: white marlin
Thank you for the education, Bob!


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