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Old 02-19-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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To make a long story short, Greenwood Village (a suburb of Denver) Colorado is having a coyote problem. There have been several attacks on dogs and recently, one on a 14 year old boy. Greenwood Village's answer to this was to hire a government contracted exterminator to shoot the buggers. Now, Greenwood Village is not a rural farm town, it is a highly populated city very close to an interstate freeway. On my way home from work last night i actually saw the "exterminator". He was sitting in the back of his truck looking through some binoculars examining a neighborhood park where kids were playing. WTF? How is this even remotely safe? Who knows what this guys training or background is? Aren't there better and safer ways to rid coyotes?

Now, i'm not trying to say this guy is completely incompetent or irresponsible but I tend to lean toward the safe side, and we all know the range of a "high powered" rifle (it appeared to be a short action, maybe .22-250, .243, etc...). One ill-placed shot and this could be baaad news...

What do you fine gentlemen think about this?

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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I think you should consider sandbags. You're right, this isn't safe if he HITS the coyote, let alone misses.

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I would agree completely. This is not really a safe option in an urban environment if he is using only a rifle.

Having said that, the guys that do this are usually pretty damn good at their job, and I would imagine, he is also employing traps. They don't just get Joe Six Pack to handle the problem, and they are insured up the wazzu by the State that employs them should something occur. Granted, not much in the way of compensation if your kid was to get hit by a stray round.

Now, for you personally, I have HEARD that some fresh meat, soaked in anti-freeze works wonders for problems like this...

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Cotton Defoliant and Vienna Sausages. Farmers around here call it "two step" because that is about how far the Coyote will get after taking a bite.

You must use heavy rubber gloves and a very good respirator so you can continue beyond two steps.

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*makes mental note*

Thanks Robo - That is very interesting information to have...

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If it was me I'd find some way to trap them before I went about discharging a high-powered rifle in a public park. Even if he hits a yote, a .243 round will probably not stop and I'm afraid a 10 year old getting hit will riding his bike will only provide the anti-gun group with ammunition. I agree this is gonna turn out bad.

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There are many ways to poison the coyotes. If you do this, do not let the City or State know. I am sure there are laws governing this activity. What will 'off' the coyote, will also do-in cats, dogs, 'coons, etc.

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There are many ways to poison the coyotes. If you do this, do not let the City or State know. I am sure there are laws governing this activity. What will 'off' the coyote, will also do-in cats, dogs, 'coons, etc.
Anti-freeze will do it, but like you said, it will also kill neighboorhood pets as well. Of course my local gunstore sells wire coyote snares for like 2 bucks a peice. Problem with them is you have to know where they travel and place them in a position where the yotes head gets in the loop. I've placed them on a fence line where the yotes squeeze through under the fence.
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What will 'off' the coyote, will also do-in cats, dogs, 'coons, etc.
Yeah, that is a problem, but I don't really consider cats in that high of regard, so it's really not a concern of mine. I know, I'm an A-hole dog owner.... plus I am allergic to cats...

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Personally I’d be more afraid of poison or traps then I would be of a professional hunter with a rifle. The coyote can easily be baited with a little food to stand in an area where there is a clear shot with a safe backstop. At least with a bullet there is a person to make sure what animal is getting killed.
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