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    About 3 weeks ago, a guy out here to do some maintenance work at our house, lost his little dachshund when she got out of the truck. She has traveled with him regularly, never ever gotten out of sight from him. He had been working on a well pump, looked up and pup was just gone. He had been distracted for less than 5 minutes. He immediately took off looking for her to no avail. He (and Ralph and I) prowled the neighborhood for over a week and never saw a single sign of her. Posters were placed everywhere, craigslist consulted, Animal Control called and everything we could think of. This was a tiny dog, not quite 11 pounds. Even though it was mid day and people were around, I thought first of coyotes. I know I see them all the time in the fields around. Now, my neighbors across the street have lost a 3 month old chocolate lab pup. She is bigger than the dachsie, maybe 20# or so, I'd only seen her once. It happened the same way. Pup was playing in the front yard with the older dog, lady went inside to answer phone, came out a few minutes later and both dogs were gone. Shortly, the older dog came trotting back, but no pup. The search parties were activated again, no luck. This was yesterday and nothing has been seen of her. Have any of you heard of yotes so bold they attack in broad daylight with human activity all around??? Its not like they need easy food, we are surrounded by prairie dogs and bunny rabbits. Now I wonder if any of the dogs are safe if one yote has gone rogue and gotten so aggressive? Who knows, the dogs could have been grabbed by a human predator, but if so they sure were slick and quick in their getaways. Any thoughts?
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    here in the desert southwest the coyotes are very bold in the golf communities,the rabbits and squirrels may have attracted them but muffy and buffy are no match for a coyote or a family of them, people get careless and leave pet food out on their porches and coyotes can smell leftovers/scraps in garbage cans.Some people turn their dogs loose to air in the evening and are shocked when they dont come back..One of the golf courses I used to work for had a resident coyote that was a big as a small german shepherd, saw him one night when I had to reset an alarm on one of our on course snack bars. Lanse is starting to see more of them in Montana, I was trying to show him which electronic caller to buy so he could call them up and dispatch them with his long range rifle
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    We have had coyotes here in New England that frequently come into people's yards and snatch small dogs with the owners standing there. Recently I was hiking in a state park that is surrounded by developments and was stalked by a coyote for better than a mile. He kept hopping and yodeling,trying to get my dogs to come out to him. I had the pittie on a leash and the 2 goldens I kept close to me. After I thought he had finally given up and left I heard a noise behind me and he was coming out of the woods towards my female golden,who is on the small size. My male golden went after him and they had a big fight. When I called my male back, the coyote tried to grab him by the back leg and id had enough of that mutt so I grab a big tree branch and went after him. He took off running as soon as he saw me coming for him. In the scuffle my pit got off the leash and took off. I found her back at the car with some punctures on her, but no real damage. I haven't seen or heard the coyote since. I am hoping the pit kicked hell out of him and he left the area.

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    Usually when an animal gets that bold they are starving or have a disease like Distemper or Rabies.
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    With two fuzzy 7 pounders in our house that move about like rabbits, our threat is aerial attack. We just need to get yotes and hawks to embrace kitty taste and many problems are solved.
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    We have enough daylight coyote attacks here, I wouldn't discount it. Small dogs get taken from yards in front of their owners, or snatched while giving chase out of their yards. I have coyotes come up and sit watching us out back, regularly enough that I keep guns loaded and handy. I wouldn't dare leave a pup outside unattended even in the fenced yards. Sometimes there are human thieves on the prowl for dogs, but, given where you live and the fact you see coyotes, wouldn't be surprised it was some sort of varmint, even a large bird of prey, for the small dog anyway.
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    12 coyotes down this year alone. The Foxpro caller is amazing. I am always aware and watching for them. Never let your dogs out of site.

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    I know of at least 2 cases here where a small dog was snatched by a coyote right off the leash while walking with the owner. They are fearless.
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    Wow, I did not know these attacks were so common. I think my own 70 pounders are probably allright, but to have these two incidents happen so close together . . .
    Well, my dogs don't get to go out of my sight anyway. I think I will just be extra vigilant and warn neighbors. There is one house down the street that has 3 little yappers in the same yard as 2 Rottweilers. Think they are safe?

    This morning my Chessie, Scout was attacked. By a Chihuahua! He has learned well to do the right thing, as soon as "Killer" came for him, Scout ducked behind me and said "Mom, you handle this". Don't know if he would do the same if it was a yote after him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pals View Post
    12 coyotes down this year alone. The Foxpro caller is amazing. I am always aware and watching for them. Never let your dogs out of site.
    yup thats what we bought for the boys so they can use the new assault style weapon their dad got them to dispatch the song dogs
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