I live in an area where there are coyotes. They are most active, I've read, in the springtime when pups are born. One neighbor recently had his small dog taken from his back yard. The yard backs up to a hilly area so it was a matter of the critter getting over the fence and taking the "small" dog. I also saw one in the street in the dark early morning when I was leaving for work.

I've been told many stories about how big a dog a coyote will attack, how high of a fence they can get over, etc. Wondering if anyone has any accounts about this subject. I leave my dog outside during the day. She is a young adult, part lab and part pit bull, about 55 lbs. Curious if there is anything to worry about. Thanks.
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I live in an area where there are coyotes. They are most active, I've read, in the springtime when pups ... young adult, part lab and part pit bull, about 55 lbs. Curious if there is anything to worry about. Thanks.

We've seen coyotes in our area twice in the past couple of weeks. Two were walking down the middle of the street in front of our house one night, and one was about 100 feet ahead of us on a walking trail that passes about 1/4 mile away from our house - this was about 10 AM. It trotted along the trail for about 200 feet, then turned off and headed into a ravine.
We're concerned, too, that one could get over our chain-link fence, so we don't let our chihuahua out unsupervised any more.

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Wondering if anyone has any accounts about this subject. I leave my dog outside during the day. She is a young adult, part lab and part pit bull, about 55 lbs. Curious if there is anything to worry about. Thanks.

Leaving a dog outdoors unattended all day is risky for a lot of reasons. Most coyotes won't be active during daylight, but the ones that are, are likely to be sick.
I've had some close encounters with coyotes. My experience was that they were more active in my area in the fall and winter months, not spring. I assume that's because local coyotes follow the deer, and the deer have a general migration pattern within the different sections of the state forest.
A coyote can clear a 4' fence with no problem, and a determined coyote will be able to scale a 6' fence. I would not assume that a normal fence is sufficient to keep them out.
As for how big a dog coyotes will attack, that depends. The coyotes in my area live in packs. This is not universal it depends on the type and quantity of food available to them. In many areas, they are solitary animals. IME packs of coyotes are not shy about going after large dogs, or even multiple large dogs.

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Wondering if anyone has any accounts about this subject. I leave my dog outside during the day. She is a young adult, part lab and part pit bull, about 55 lbs. Curious if there is anything to worry about. Thanks.

Yes, and not just from coyotes.

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I live in an area where there are coyotes. They are most active, I've read, in the springtime when pups ... young adult, part lab and part pit bull, about 55 lbs. Curious if there is anything to worry about. Thanks.

I read a news article once where animal control cornered a coyote and it jumped the 8 foot wall they had cornered it with. So I wouldn't trust any fence to keep a coyote outside.
I worry about my cairn terrier with the coyotes in my area but we don't let him out unsupervised. I don't worry about them with my 72 lb bully/mastiff mix, with the amazing feats I've seen him do, a solitary coyote wouldn't be a problem. He still doesn't go out unsupervised though, that is just a general rule in my house. Luckily, I've never seen one around yard, but I have seen them while walking in the fields behind my house, somewhere I've got some pictures I took with the digital camera. Other than that, the only ones I have seen were dead by the side of the road. I do have friends that lost a cat to a coyote though, so it does happen around me.

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I don't worry about them with my 72 lb bully/mastiff mix, with the amazing feats I've seen him do, a solitary coyote wouldn't be a problem.

Just for what it's worth, not all coyotes are solitary. Their social structure is based on habitat and food sources. If they live where small game predominates, they are likely to be solitary, but if large game predominates, they tend to live in packs.

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Just for what it's worth, not all coyotes are solitary.

There's also the question of rabies.

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I don't worry about them with my 72 lb bully/mastiff ... seen him do, a solitary coyote wouldn't be a problem.

Just for what it's worth, not all coyotes are solitary. Their social structure is based on habitat and food sources. ... hat that she bought in Spain Harriet Brown, what a lovely name, such a lovely face. Opal, Harriet Brown

Which I am aware of, but they are solitary where I live.

Nick
Just for what it's worth, not all coyotes are solitary.

There's also the question of rabies. Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - s...@panix.com Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community

Is that not why rabies vaccines are given to dogs? Not saying I want my dogs to be exposed to rabies, or a coyote for that matter, but I certainly do not have to be paranoid that it could happen. If for some reason a coyote decided he was going to try and make a meal out of my dog, which is far larger than any coyote that lives in my area I feel that my dog is more than suited to take care of himself. That isn't saying that I wouldn't be retrieving a gun to help him out, but I certainly do not have to be paranoid about it. I am outside with my dogs at all times, so it wouldn't happen without me being aware of it.

Nick
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