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OUTDOORS: Boneyards and landfills great for trapping coyotes

Years ago, I got a call from a very distraught lady saying coyotes were killing her dogs and cats.

I went to her house and looked over the territory. I could see how the coyotes were taking her cats, as they were outdoors all of the time with no shelter. It was of no use to ask her to keep them indoors until I finished the trapping job.

I could not use any lethal sets there for fear of killing her cats myself, so I had to devise another type of capture. I could see an area where the animals were traveling from a farm field to her property. I had to get permission from that landowner as well before a plan came to mind.

The farmer at the adjacent land had dumped expired animals in the field next to the lady’s property. This not only provided some food but also was a prime area for live catches for the coyotes.

I made some dirt hole sets near the carcasses and old bones near the dump. The first night, I caught two coyotes and a raccoon. My plan was working. Not only was I getting rid of the problem, but I was putting up some valuable fur.

Beyond a boneyard or an entire skeleton, single bones serve as a major attraction to wild or domesticated dogs. Because of the natural attraction a bone serves, it can also be used as a visual attractor. State biologists have determined that something new in a coyote’s territory can cause them to shy away from it. This boneyard had been there for months, so there was no worry of any fears driving the animals away. As long as I ran the traps daily, it kept the area productive.

Finally, the lady stopped losing cats, and I figured the job was done. I advised the farmer to bury any additional animal remains to stay on good terms with his neighbor.

Another very productive spot for trapping coyotes is a landfill.

Usually right after the garbage is deposited and compacted, coyotes move in after dark and begin to dig. They come in packs once the food source is found. Garbage collectors don’t worry about the coyotes, because they never see them. It again does create a problem with homeowners who live next to that facility. If they have pets, those domesticated animals are in immediate danger.

To catch them, all one has to do is find a place where digging is taking place. The animals will return every night. Trapping is the easiest way to take coyotes. Today it is the most profitable as well. It is used in the trim trade for coats and makes a very warm collar.

Hunting report

The second portion of the firearm deer season is on the way. I have seen many hunters sitting out in the rain trying to fill their archery tags. My hat goes off to them.

Waterfowl hunters are seeing some northern birds arriving early this year. Most duck and goose hunters have done well. The second portion of the Canada goose season will run until January 1, 2019 in the Central zone.

Squirrel hunting remains very good.

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