I didn’t think much about the local wildlife until my cat took to venturing outside regularly. Now I have to worry about coyotes, skunks, foxes, raptors and other cats.

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25 Responses to Coyotes

  1. perspicuity says:

    free roaming pets are just coyote chow around here.

    haven’t seen feral domestics in a few years.

  2. perspicuity says:

    also, the gun looks like a chicken 🙂 with chicken feet 🙂

  3. Lyle says:

    Shouldn’t that be; “Remind predators of their place in the food chain”?

  4. Jesse says:

    As I said a while back on GRM: The only reason coyotes are historically known to be shy around people is because they spent several centuries being shot at whenever they were seen.
    Since people have been treating them like park squirrels instead of the high level predators they are, the results are predictable.

    I’ve personally had occasions when I was watching my son playing in the backyard and spotted a coyote watching him, and I’ve seen a pair of coyotes stalking a neighbor who was out walking his small dogs (I hurried to warn him about that).

    People who fail to remind wild animals of why they should be wary of people are doing a disservice to the rest of us and to the animals themselves.

  5. R. says:

    Cats that got eaten by coyotes weren’t real cats …

    • Oleg Volk says:

      A 5kg cat has some chance against a 10-15kg coyote. It has none against a pack of them except by escaping.

      • R. says:

        So? Nothing wrong with a cat that’s stupid enough to pick fights it can’t win getting eaten. Cats can run pretty quickly, besides I’m sure coyotes can’t climb trees.

        • outlier says:

          Yes, I’m sure deer eaten by wolves were just ‘picking fights,’ too.

          • R. says:

            Deer are a prey species. Cats are predators, and I doubt that wildcats are a significant prey species for wolves or lynxes.

            • outlier says:

              True, but coyotes consider pretty much anything they can take down as prey. If they’ll look at toddlers and small dogs as prey, cats are certainly on the menu as well.

  6. "lee n. field" says:

    Is .22 Mag enough? I’d be wanting .38/.357, or something starting with “4”, myself.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      .357 from a 20oz gun would be brutal on the shooter. 45 or 38 would have much more drop than 1300-1400fps 22WMR, so precise hits would be harder. This is basically a kit gun and quite adequate for a 30lb coyote.

    • Lyle says:

      The one coyote I saw shot, went straight down after being hit with a single .22 Long Rifle HP round out of a 10/22. Plain old cheap brick ammo. Shot placement.

    • North says:

      I carry a .40 for Coyote.

      If they were only just at the edge of my property, then I’d call a friend to sharp shoot them outta there.

      They are on my back deck. Between me and my grill.

  7. Mad Ogre says:

    I remember watching a Bald Eagle swoop down and snatch my neighbor’s tabby. I hated that cat. I laughed my butt off.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      A friend in MN lost a cat to a large owl once…the bird lifted the cat off the back deck while and wife were having dinner.

  8. Charlie Foxtrot says:

    Meownself, I’m hoping Ruger hurries with a .22 Mag Conversion cylinder for their Single 10. That’d be powerful coyote medicine.

    I’m seeing more and more brazen ‘yotes in the city.

  9. Anyone have opinions on those Charter Pathfinders? I’ve been giving serious thought to acquiring one, but Charter’s reputation is decidedly mixed.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      The last two I’ve seen (2″ and 4″ .22mag) have better fit and finish than the older models. Lockwork and cylinder alignment are good. Trigger is similar to Rossi/Taurus. Sights are pretty hard to see and have to be painted flat black or orange (otherwise the gray front sight disappears).

      I’ll fire them once the weather cools and post my impressions.

  10. Jeff,

    IMHO the newer charters are quite nice guns. They don’t have the high polished finish details of some guns that cost 3x as much, but they are mechanically sound.

  11. Jeff Dege says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The reason we have predators edging into the cities is our leash laws.

    For 40,000 years or more, every human settlement had a cloud of dogs and ten-year-old boys poking their noses into every patch of woods within half-a-day’s walk. When I was a kid, my friends and I were always wandering around the woods and fields, with our dogs, our .22s, and our .410s.

    Now, we have leash laws. We keep our dogs leashed, and we keep our ten-year-olds leashed. And the wilderness is creeping back.

  12. outlier says:

    Some of my less-2A-minded friends tend to smirk when they hear that I have my P220 or M92 on my hip every time I’m outside, especially at night. But it’s because in my neighborhood(and most of my town), there are almost no barriers(real or otherwise) the coyotes are held back by. You’re just as likely to see them near a local convenience store as you are in the backyard of someone living out near wooded areas. It’s easy to make light when someone lives where there IS no wildlife to worry about.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      Around here, skunks and foxes are pretty shy, and coyotes are not in evidence until you get further out of the city. But I’ve ran into feral dog packs twice and had to draw both time. Half-dozen dogs vs. two people with compact pistols and no reloads is a pretty close call in my opinion.

      • R. says:

        Feral dog packs?

        We don’t have these in Europe. Neither feral cats.. hunters have the right to shoot any cat outside of town, which means last year they bagged about 12,000 of ‘feral’ cats alone..

  13. Brian Dunbar says:

    Timely. My cousin has noticed the coyotes around her horse ranch are getting bold: stalking her herd, one took a rabbit from it’s pen. Last week her dog and a coyote got into it.

    Last two nights in a row she’s hosted a dinner party: come for the food, spend a few hours on the roof afterward with rifles and scopes. Pity I live too far away to make that affair.

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