Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ABC WEDNESDAY-"F"-Coyote Fence



We often can hear coyotes at night, calling to one another.  DH got lucky recently when he saw a coyote loping across a field at 5 pm.  In trying to find more information about these distinctive coyote fences which seem to be everywhere in the neighborhood, I found this information:

Fencing - Coyotes can jump over and dig under fences that are improperly built. Coyotes don't 
leap fences in a single bound but, like domestic dogs, they grip the top with their front paws and 
kick themselves upward and over with the back legs. Their tendency to climb will depend on the 
individual animal and its motivation. Coyotes are also excellent diggers, therefore the type of 
fence you install may require barriers be built into or extending from the ground.
Eliminating the coyote's ability to grip the top of the fence is also recommended. The height of
the fence should be a minimum of 6 feet in height and tightly flush with the ground.


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24 comments:

  1. c'est en effet un problème auquel je n'aurais pas pense. merci pour les renseignements

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  2. I'm guessing that they're on the hunt for food when they try and get over or under the fences Kate. How funny is it that you talk about coyotes and I talk about kangaroos!!

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  3. I would have guessed those were privacy fences. I would have to make mine higher than recommended. I dont want any unwanted visitors.

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  4. This fence is what I visualize when I think of the Sante Fe area. I have seen coyotes go over fences when I lived on a golf course in Az desert. Great info.

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  5. Aha, there is a method to these old fences. I should have known.

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  6. i've started seeing some of these around in our area in NE Texas - not too many, but i also just learned the coyote fence terminology just last year. thanks for the added education!

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  7. We used to hear the coyotes every night but as the town grew, the wild animals have become fewer. I liked hearing them.

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  8. I'll remember that if I'm in coyote country!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  9. Interesting reading, - and I like the old fence.

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  10. We haven't found coyotes intrusive and we generally hear them more than we see them. I've seen them hunt small rodents. Do they prey on small pets? Is that why people want to fence them out?

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  11. I had no idea! It never entered my mind that they would climb a fence. Digging under sounds more dog like.
    There are still some coyotes in our suburban areas. My son hears them at night in the field behind their home.

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  12. Interesting information. What with wild animals, including coyotes, coming closer to civilization (or should I say that we are encroaching on their area?) we need to be prepared to protect ourselves and our children.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  13. We DO have coyotes here but there are probably not as many as in the Southwest. I have never seen a coyote fence here.

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  14. I love those fences! We have been having problems with coyotes right in the city of Toronto so maybe we will need to start constructing such fences here.

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  15. Hmmmm...I may have to pass this info around to my Stone Creek neighbors. We have a lot of coyotes here. A couple coyotes chased a friend of ours and her adult daughter and her granddaughter - they had to run to the nearest house for safety.

    We've only seen one ourselves, though...

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  16. This is fascinating. We had one coyote in my neighborhood in Connecticut. Ironically, the vet's wife ran it over. Maybe we should ship her out there (LOL). Have a great week.

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  17. I love to hear the Coyotes singing and yodeling! Quite the Trickster! J.Frank Dobie gives an in-depth accounting of this survivor in his book The Coyote!
    Coyote Fence was a term I was not familiar with until last year either. Randy at Santa Fe Daily Photo if I remember, brought it to my attention.
    Your wonderful photo reminds me of similar fences that were made from Ocotillo stalks that are seen in Southwest Texas and Northern Mexico when I visit.

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  18. Seeing a coyote counts as lucky?

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  19. I do love the look of the coyote fence.

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  20. Wow, no coyote would ever get in that fence.

    Forty Three

    Chubskulit, ABC Wednesday Team

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  21. Hello.
    Coyotes, wild animals, protective fences...this is why I live in the suburbs! (LOL)
    Thanks for sharing.

    A Flower In My Mirror

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  22. A coyote fence. Fantastic! Never heard of them before.

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  23. Hello Kate -- I lived in New Mexico, about 30 minutes north of Santa Fe for a short stint. It truly is marvelous! This photo of a coyote fence brings back a lot memories of the local culture. I really don't know the history behind how they began but perhaps you do. Thanks -- barbara

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