Coyote Predation of Livestock

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Coyotes cause over 75 per cent of the livestock predation losses in Alberta. Coyote Predation of Livestock helps livestock producers prevent or reduce losses from coyotes and other predators.

Key information:
    • shows how to determine the cause of death
    • teaches how to interpret signs at the attack scene, so you can identify the predator
    • gives detailed information on how to prevent or reduce coyote predation
    • discusses fencing, good herd management, guardian animals, frightening devices and other control methods
31 pages

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This low resolution PDF version of the Coyote Predation of Livestock is available at no charge and can be used as outlined in the terms of the Open Government Licence Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Predator Management in Alberta

Biology and Characteristics of Coyote Predation
  • Breeding
  • Coy-Dogs
Recognizing a Predator Attack
  • How to Recognize a Predation Kill
  • Characteristics of Attack and Feeding Behaviour of Predators
Non-Lethal Methods to Prevent Coyote Predation
  • Carrion disposal
  • Flock and Herd Management
  • Conventional Pasture Fences
  • Electric Fences
  • Guardian Animals
  • Frightening Devices and Repellents
Lethal Control of Coyotes
  • Philosophy and Standards
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Foothold Traps
  • Neck Snares
  • Poisons
  • Den hunting
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This information published to the web on April 25, 2001.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 23, 2019.