I know that there are some folks here that know a lot about coyotes and I know little, so here goes...
Last evening about 22:00 (10:00pm) I was outside and heard some rustling near my chicken coop. I thought I was hearing a deer walking around as I have heard often in the past. A few seconds later I watched a coyote, about 40-50 lbs, trot past me about 20 feet away. It never saw me. Recently I have had to repair the chicken coop door because something pushed in the screen, but it did not get in. Tonight I was driving home and I saw a coyote cross the street in front of me less than 1/8 mile from my house. People here in my neck of TN have seen coyotes often but this is the first time for me in 2 years of living here. I live in city limits on the outskirts of a subdivision, in a wooded area, next to a cow pasture and more woods. Deer, turkeys, squirrel, and raccoons are all over this area and frequent my yard…in fact, I have a deer feeder with corn in my front yard that automatically throws out corn 3 times a day and brings the animals in for my family to see.
I have German Sheppard Dogs, an 80 lb female and a 135 lb male. I know that if they got into a doggie brawl, by sheer weight I’d bet on my dogs. From personal experience I can tell you that both dogs can bite hard playing, especially Moose the 135 lb male. Neither of my dogs have any fighting experience other than play fighting with each other. Belle, the female, can bite painfully hard even when playing and Moose has bone-crushing power even when holding back and being tender.
How much concern do I need to have that, if they tangle, my dogs will get injured? Is a coyote prone to confront a domesticated dog as big as my dogs? What time of the day are they most active? Are coyotes pack animals or are they lone actors? Since I’ve seen 2 (perhaps only 1) in two days but never before is this indicative of the future? Since I live in city limits and there are houses within 200 feet from my house I know that all of my firearms are too powerful to use within city limits (223 to 45-70 in the rifle category and 10mm to 45 in the handgun category). ..so any suggestions?
Lots of questions since I have no experience with coyotes. Thanks for any input!