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.