I need advice on how to trap coyotes without trapping my dogs or my neighbors dogs. My only thought was a snare, but I don't really want to untangle a scared dog. Now that I think about it, my dog is old and she isn't much for jumping?
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What are you going to do with them when you catch them ?
Yotes are crafty and smart, they are survivors.
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Drop an Acme safe on them! Anything that will catch a coyote will catch dogs too so you need something which does no harm and lets you release the dogs. Friends make large wire cages with triggered drop doors to trap Bobcats. They release the immature cats and lactating females as they will be more valuable for fur auctions in a year or two. Camoflauge the wire with a little vegetation laced through it and shovel some dirt over the floor of the cage. Salmon skin is a great Bobcat bait. Coyotes around the built up areas favorite food seems to be small pets. But I bet the salmon works just fine for them too.
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our local trapper uses a rubber jaw trap for coyotes ,he sells coyotes to the the fox pens as they run better than foxes .he says the rubber jaw trap want hurt dogs.
One way to avoid non-target catches is not to trap that area since most coyote sets will attract all canines as well as just about everything else including livestock. Catching pets can give a trapper an experience far worse than anything he expected as well as creating the kind of negative press that leads to anti-trapping laws. Just assume you'll catch a dog that belongs to a lawyer or animal rights activist and proceed accordingly. Cage traps... well, I guess there's nothing you can't get to work once but... oh, there's no harm in trying and then you'll know. The only way to ensure not catching your pets is to manage them and that goes the same for the neighbors.
The only thing I can think of that may help off-hand, would be setting a trap high enough not easy for your common pet dog to get to. Another might be to put a chain link fence around it or something similar. A friend of mine raising some Turkeys once was losing them to some critter, so he put up a high chain link fence area for them... taller than him, some 7-8 feet or whatever? The very next morning he heard all kinds of Turkey commotion outside, opened the back door to see a Coyote standing on the top metal bar/tube of that fence, just staring at him! Anyway, I'm sure a lower fence that a dog can't get over won't stop any Coyote from getting to a baited trap, if it wants too...
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I don't want to sound uncaring I am a dog owner and dog lover, however I would have no
Problem setting traps on my farm , I would not let my dogs run loose and neither should my neighbors let their animals run on my land
Thanks for all of the advice. My one dog roams freely around the farm (someone has to tend the animals). My neighbors dogs come by and visit on occasion although they are usually confined. I don't have much faith in a cage trap and not in my price range. We do have a lawyer, he lives in the big house about six mile away. Any coyotes trapped will be eliminated. I'm not trapping for fur, but for removal.