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Posted on: Thursday 10/04/2018 01:46:00

First, if anyone can tell me how to change my horrible avatar, I'd appreciate it. I can't figure it out, and the help video is unavailable.

Second, I have a growing concern. I got Bosco at five weeks old. From the beginning I had this premonition that something bad might happen to him, so I have been very protective of him. If you don't see me on FB, there are coyotes here. They were introduced by the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources as a way to control rampant deer overpopulation. Guess what? Nice move, geniuses. 

Every night I hear them howling and barking in the farm fields and woods around us. That was fine. Even seeing them in the distance at dusk or dawn was fine. They usually don't care for people, but are now they are getting braver. While on the patio with Bosco after breakfast Monday morning, one trotted (not ran) across the yard. It came from the direction of the drive and went into the creek line. I was surprised that my BIL's hunting dogs didn't catch on until it went into the brush, since it passed within feet of their kennel. I felt very lucky the animal and Bosco didn't spot each other. Bosco, in his ten pounds, is brave as hell and would have ran right to it. It would have seen him as an easy meal. I would have been very lucky to kill or severely injure it with the iron fire pit tongs or something before they got to each other. And I would hate like hell to have to do that to any animal.

On Tuesday afternoon, I was fly fishing in the Big Darby Creek, a mile from here. At one point I turned and just happened to see two coyotes running down the trail. I was close to the trail and not hidden. There are people hiking those trails at all hours of the days. The same day, my BIL's mother reported on FB that a friend of her's had her dog killed by one. The friend lives in a suburb. I've started seeing similar reports on the local news.

So yeah, I'm concerned and afraid for Bosco. The coyotes are losing their fear of people. That combined with hunger is not good. Do I carry my 6" fixed blade survival knife and pepper spray with me everywhere? Do I try to illegally get my hands on a taser? A pistol is not an option. Mentally ill people are not allowed to own guns, no matter how stable they are. I can't carry around a spear made from a broom handle and a broad head arrow head, even though it would go through any body like a  hot needle through a blob of margarine. Very effective, but also illegal. 

I will at least check some web sites for advice.  

  • kittenheel Says:
    I have no idea. I would suggest maybe having a powerful garden hose handy when you're out in your yard. I've never dealt with a coyote, but I did break up a brewing dog fight that way once. /homepage

  • lunamor Says:
    I dunno, man. We have coyotes here, near where I live, yes, in the city. You just don't let small animals out of your sight even for a second, even in your yard. Anywhere else, they need to be on leashes. I get that you feel like you shouldn't have to, being in a rural area, but the coyotes aren't going away. You are in their backyard and have to respect it if you want to keep your pup safe.

  • lunamor Says:
    As for the avatar: I'm not sure it's even possible to change them anymore. I haven't attempted it for fear of getting a black box.

  • Simon Says:
    I don’t think you can change your profile picture. I tried with mine a while ago, and couldn’t. I just took another look at my profile and couldn’t even find it as an option any longer, not even to remove it altogether.

  • kittenheel Says:
    It's been less than a year since I last changed mine, and as I recall, it was a weird process. I think I had to make a pentagram and summon Matt at some point.

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Are you sure they were introduced by the DNR? Coyote populations have been exploding all over the East. We have them here, hell Jersey has them. Ohio has hunting, all they need to do to control the deer population is release more deer tags to hunters. They’ll gladly take them. And DNR’s usually only release animals that at one time were native, which is why Wisconsin and Wyoming have growing wolf populations. If coyotes were never native to Ohio, they aren’t likely to have been brought in. They spread pretty widely on their own.

    As for suggestions, when walking Bosco bring a walking stick. Carry your knife. Maybe consider learning how to use a bow. In a few months you could probably get proficient enough to hit a standing coyote, although there may be legal issues. Check your hunting/poaching laws.

  • kittenheel Says:
    Pretty sure if a coyote is eating your dog you're allowed to stand your ground, no?

  • Fritz The Bootlegger Says:
    Hunting laws can be pretty strict. Depends on the county probably.

  • knifeboy Says:
    I did try to change the icon photo a few years ago. Matt gave me instructions. I should have copied them into a Word doc to save. I do bow shoot now, but just targets and 3Ds, and am not that accurate consistently yet. Steve, several people have told me the ODNR introduced them. I know we didn't have them when I was growing up. I like the fire hose idea./homepage

  • snow Says:
    You can get an airsoft rifle. Those will at least scare them away and not kill them.
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