On Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:55:52 AM UTC-4, Sheldon wrote:
# I have a lot of guns, but I'm wondering if just a pellet gun will scare off
# a coyote. And I'm talking a pistol that shoots at about 450fps, not a Gammo
# It's summer again, and the coyotes are coming out -- and I have a very small
# dog, a snack if you will. Anyway, all the coyotes I've encountered seem to
# be pretty timid, so I'm wondering if a pellet would be enough.
# As always, thanks.
We had a couple packs denning up in our area and they were getting very aggressive.
They stalked people, pets and raided chicken coops. Yelling and waving hands didn't
always work, they would just stare at you. One day a few were in my driveway just
hanging around, I got my old pump bb gun out of the garage, pumped it twice and
stepped out. They just stared at me like "What are you gonna do" and I drilled one
right in the hindquarters, he jumped up in the air, yipped and took off running, the
other two looked confused but didn't run, I pumped once quickly and nailed another
in the ribs, they all ran. They haven't been seen on my property since. I loaned
my gun to a neighbor who was still having problems with them and he did the same
thing. Little has been seen of the coyotes since and when they see people they run
away fast. They learned quick. Some animal rights people might not like that but
a low power pump BB gun isn't going to penetrate a coyote hide. Believe me, I know
what it's like to be hit by one, I'm old enough to remember the days before nerf,
when kids had BB gun wars, rule was you weren't supposed to pump more than twice
but even one or two pumps stung like hell. This isn't a solution for every situation
because you can't carry a BB gun around publicly, you could get in trouble for
"harassment" if people see you popping a coyote plus cops will start shooting if they
even suspect you have a gun but if you're on your property and the coyotes are being
a nuisance then it's between you and them.
I think this is a good way of dealing with coyotes, it's not going to seriously
injure them (please don't aim for the head though) or kill but it will teach them
to be afraid of people which is what they need, it's not good for them or us for
them to not have that fear. If a coyote seriously hurts or kills someone they will
be hunted down and destroyed, a little sting from a BB is nothing compared to that.
Keep in mind I'm using an old style pump BB gun, I know there are more powerful BB
guns, some could kill, I do NOT recommend using one of those, only a BB gun you can
control the force of the shot, a one or two pumps isn't going to kill or seriously
injure, just cause some pain. Ask around, you probably know someone that's got an
old one stored in the attic or garage or you could buy a used one off someone.
I have nothing against coyotes though, they may get a bad rap but they do a
lot of good, they help keep rodent, raccoon, rabbit and deer populations under
control and kill invasives like nutria and also feral cats (which is good for
BTW Why would it be "harassing" wildlife popping a coyote with a low power
BB yet you can kill them as vermin?=20