Think a Fence Will Keep your Pets Safe from Predators?

As you can see, NO! A coyote can scale a 7 foot block wall with ease, for a bobcat… even easier.  I’ve seen it many times… and our hobby farm is in a residential area within the Phoenix city limits.  We keep our small dog in a covered pen to do his business. 

This is why…

The Coyote especially, is not afraid of humans, so don’t think for a minute if you’re standing in the yard with your dog it’s safe. It’s not, a coyote came over our block wall and grabbed one of my chickens within 15 feet of where I was standing.  Keep in mind, Coyotes and Bobcats are most active hunters at dawn and dusk. However, I’ve eye witnessed predator attacks (poultry) right here at TBN Ranch late morning and mid-afternoon.

Keep your pets safe, it’s a jungle out there! Build an enclosed safe zone for small-medium dogs and keep your cats indoors.

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A common visitor in these parts. The coyote is mostly in rural areas, but are routinely seen prowling neighborhood streets. Best time to see the coyote is early morning, dusk, and late at night. They don’t bother people, or anything else that’s larger than they are. As a rule, they avoid people and are startled easily.

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Photo by Local Photographer: Laura Dearness

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Harris Hawk

To most, this stunning bird is something to admire. To me, it’s a dangerous predator looking to feast on my flock of chickens.  The chicken yard is now protected with aviary netting and that’s why this fella looks a little put out!

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You wouldn’t think this rather small bird could kill a chicken, unfortunately I’ve learned the hard way, Harris Hawks don’t hunt alone. Family team members are just about 40 feet away on a power line waiting for their opportunity and signal to make the kill.

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