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Well first of all...I have to admit that this was all brought on because I had a bad dream last night. :blush: I dreamed that Dora and I were in the back yard and there were lions hunting us. :w00t: Obviously not a real concern in northern Alabama (heck we don't even have a zoo close by! :HistericalSmiley:) BUT then after I woke up I managed to freak myself out about the coyotes and various wildlife around our house.

It's not an unfounded fear, as we've actually SEEN a coyote walking along the edge of our backyard. Past the edge of our yard is a big open field, and down the road is the edge of a wildlife preserve. Our neighbors have seen a pack running around in the field during the day. I know we have large birds of prey around as well.

Now, I have to say, I've never heard of any unfortunate incidents around here with the coyotes or hawks. And Dora is a big girl--10 pounds. But I am also a big worrywart and want to do whatever I can to make sure she stays SAFE with me...but I don't know how likely it is that anything will happen to her given that we already are very careful.

We don't let her outside at all without a leash, even for a moment. We don't have a fenced in backyard (yet) so the most freedom she gets is being on a tie-out when we are out in the yard with her. But she does go outside with us to potty and she likes to poo right at the back of the property line right by the field. If she's on a short leash with me, is a coyote really going to just snatch her off her leash? When we get a fence, can a coyote jump a 5 or 6 foot fence and grab her? Can a hawk REALLY carry off a 10 pound dog, especially if she's on a leash or tie-out? Is she too big for a hawk anyway?

I told you I was a big worrywart. :blush: But are my worries reasonable or should I try to relax? Is Dora reasonably safe or should I be doing more for her?
 

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To all of your questions : YES
A coyote can easily jump a 6 feet fence.
A 10 pound dog is no match to a coyote or hawk.
If she is on a short leash I don't think a coyote by itself would take you on but you never know if he is hungry enough. A pack of coyotes is another story. I think your worries are reasonable.
 

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I'd carry a walking stick and pepper spray (the kind which spray travels far) if I'd seen coyotes on my property.

We have 2 huge hawks now that live on our apartment property. Just one of the reasons why Nikki pottys inside.
 

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A coyote will absolutely come up and snatch them right off the leash. It's never a bad thing to worry too much.I have nightmares about them being snatched by coyotes since we have them too.
 

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Coyotes have gotten very comfortable around humans and pose a real threat to our small pets. If you've seen a coyote in your backyard, Dora is in danger.

We had a member lose her precious Max to a coyote.

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/59-everything-else-maltese-related/91543-lina-needs-our-prayers-max-missing.html

Other threads on coyotes:

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/49-anything-goes/80125-coyote-my-patio.html

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/49-anything-goes/80280-debs-coyote-problem.html
 

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Yes, I already knew about all these stories. :( That's why I am worried. But in most cases where coyotes have taken a small dog, the dog wasn't on a leash. I was hoping that having me close by would be a deterrent, and the leash would keep her from being carried away from me. I wasn't sure if I needed to worry about hawks as I didn't know how much they could actually lift. I still think she would be a challenge to a hawk, although a very hungry one might be motivated to give it a try.

I don't want to keep her locked in the house though....I'll pick up some pepper spray for going in the backyard. And when we get the fence up, I'll keep her on the leash at night. I'd like to think she can at least play in the backyard during the day while I'm out with her to supervise though.
 

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I've told this before, but I had two dogs taken and killed by coyotes. One was over 10 pounds and the other was about 8 pounds. Both of them were attacked at the same time one night. Unfortunately, our front door blew open, and they decided to take a walk behind our house. It was horrible. I have another friend whose two Yorkies were attacked in front of her house while the dogs were going to the potty in the front yard. Luckily one survived. If you have coyotes and no fence, I would NEVER leave them out for a moment by themselves, and I'd be very concerned for their safety even with you. Coyotes are losing their habitat due to the building in their areas, and they're become very brazen. I have read about kids being attacked by coyotes.
 

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I'm not trying to scare you, or argue, but if a coyote (or two) attacks, isn't there a small chance you might drop or loosen your grip on the leash in the confusion?

Also, I believe that Deb's issue (the link is above) was with a rabid coyote. There is no stopping a rabid animal.

I don't think that every dog has to stay inside if you have coyotes nearby, but definitely carry a nice-sized stick and some spray.

I have a good friend who has been trying to shoot the coyote who is always visiting his backyard. My friend has his grand babies visiting all the time.

Yes, they've been known to try and take small kids, too.
 

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Sorry, but I would never try to stop a coyote with a stick, even a large stick. I can't even imagine. I don't remember who said that, but have you SEEN a coyote? We see them all the time on the golf course behind our house, and there's no way I'd even consider that a large stick would stop one if it attacked. Whew!
 

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The first one I saw around here I thought was the sorriest German Shepherd Dog I'd ever seen and was ready to stop and pick up this "stray". Once in a while somebody looses a pet, usually a cat, and the paper says if you see one to make a lot of noise to scare it away. I live next to a linear park, and they are known to use it to move around at night. I have a 4' fence, with another fence about 12 feet into the yard. My 45 and 60 pound granddoggies are in the yard more than Spookie, and I know neither of them would let any 2 or 4 footed being in the yard.

When I got Spookie, I could hear an owl calling at night. I was afraid she would look like a rabbit, and called a local bird sanctuary. They were of the opinion she didn't/wouldn't look like a snack. We do have osprey here, but they go fishing, and do quite well! Red tailed hawks, and once I saw a bald eagle. I do worry, snakes scare me more than anything else.

It is amazing to me that with all the population, cars, people, life here, that there is any wild life around to worry about.
 

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Sorry, but I would never try to stop a coyote with a stick, even a large stick. I can't even imagine. I don't remember who said that, but have you SEEN a coyote? We see them all the time on the golf course behind our house, and there's no way I'd even consider that a large stick would stop one if it attacked. Whew!
Yes, I've seen them.

A heavy stick or even a piece of metal pipe is better than nothing at all. If you make a lot of noise and raise a stick threateningly, sometimes they'll go away.

I'm an animal lover, but coyotes are too much of a threat to small dogs and kids. I don't blame my friend for wanting to shoot them.
 

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Hate to say it but when I walk my dogs in the day time,I carry a gun. I'm an animal lover as much as anyone can be,if they leave me alone,I leave them alone.But attack my fluffs,that's messing w/ family as far as I'm concerned.
 

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Hate to say it but when I walk my dogs in the day time,I carry a gun. I'm an animal lover as much as anyone can be,if they leave me alone,I leave them alone.But attack my fluffs,that's messing w/ family as far as I'm concerned.

If I walked Nikki in a coyote-prone area, I'd bring my gun, too. :thumbsup:
 

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I know how scary it can be for someone with a precious fluff to live near coyotes, hawks and others who are known for snaching and killing our lil fluffs :( Stay safe all you beautiful dear maltese!

I am glad that we don't have these in the city where we live.

I carry a gun.
Are you allowed to carry a gun?

It isn't allowed here unless it had to do with your profession (e.g. policeman).

It will be interesting to learn how is it like there. Can anyone carry a gun?

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The US Constitution's 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. Gun laws vary from state to state. In my state, you must have a Concealed Weapons Permit. When you apply for the permit, they do a background check, and take your fingerprints. When you purchase a gun, they also do a background check. I took a marksmanship class before I even considered owning a gun. I've owned one for a couple of years now, and I try to practice what I learned in class at an indoor gun range every once in a while when I think of it. I see no problem with law-abiding people owning guns. I have no children at home, so there is no risk of kids getting into it.
 

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The US Constitution's 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. Gun laws vary from state to state. In my state, you must have a Concealed Weapons Permit. When you apply for the permit, they do a background check, and take your fingerprints. When you purchase a gun, they also do a background check. I took a marksmanship class before I even considered owning a gun. I've owned one for a couple of years now, and I try to practice what I learned in class at an indoor gun range every once in a while when I think of it. I see no problem with law-abiding people owning guns. I have no children at home, so there is no risk of kids getting into it.
Thank you so much for providing this info, Suzan ^_^

Very interesting.

wow! It is for sure so different here.

I hope that they don't change the Law here regarding this. I am happy with it this way :)

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Thank you so much for providing this info, Suzan ^_^

Very interesting.

wow! It is for sure so different here.

I hope that they don't change the Law here regarding this. I am happy with it this way :)

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Switzerland has a very low crime rate, yet they have the highest rate of gun ownership in the world. Law-abiding, legal gun owners are not responsible for increasing crime rates. They own guns for sporting purposes (like skeet shooting or hunting) or for self-defense. I've yet to meet a legal gun owner who was a violent person or had any desire to do anything with a gun but to defend their life and property.
 

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I know how scary it can be for someone with a precious fluff to live near coyotes, hawks and others who are known for snaching and killing our lil fluffs :( Stay safe all you beautiful dear maltese!

I am glad that we don't have these in the city where we live.



Are you allowed to carry a gun?

It isn't allowed here unless it had to do with your profession (e.g. policeman).

It will be interesting to learn how is it like there. Can anyone carry a gun?

Kat
If you take the Consealed Carry course and pass a background check,it's legal to carry a gun in the US. You're restricted where you can have it,mostly near schools or restaurants that serve alcohol,which makes perfect sense... We don'[t worry about the people with concealed carry permits,we worry about the ones who carry and DON'T have CCP.

My husband and I took the Concealed Carry course and had background checks to carry a gun. We did this when we opened our jewellery store since we do carry cash and jewels for shows. We also live out in the country where there's only a couple houses in a mile, so it's isolated. Most people in the country own guns,which is probably why we don't have as much crime as in the city. Al grew up hunting as a kid so he's handled guns his whole life,we're both former military too.
 
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