Is it okay to ever poison a coyote?

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Have you ever Googled ‘coyote poison’? If you have, you may have noticed that there isn’t actually anything on the market to buy for such a job. Coyote poison doesn’t exist. In fact, poison doesn’t really exist as a form of successful nuisance wildlife control at all. Even rat and mouse poison is practically useless. We say practically, it might actually prove effective at killing off a few of the infestation you have, but then you’ll need to find the decomposing bodies before they rot and smell, and we’d like to wish you the best of luck with that formidable task.

Really, good luck with that.
Poison doesn’t work as an effective form of animal control for ANY animal. No, not even mice and rats. What it does is provide you with a hundred and one problems you didn’t have before you started using the stuff. Dead rodents to locate, for example, as well as disease-ridden biological matter to find and dispose of. It’s an arduous task, and one that wouldn’t have on your to-do list at all if you had followed our advice and left the poison well alone.

If you were going to use rodent poison to kill a coyote, you’d need a lot of it just to kill one animal. Coyotes don’t just come as one animal — they are part of a pack. Mating males and females stick together and female relatives bring up kids even they have none of their own. In order to take down s pack of coyotes, you would need an absurd amount of poison, and that spells disaster. Neighborhood children could come across your baited poison spots, and the same can be said for other animals too, wild and domestic alike. There have been a number of times we’ve seen stories in the media of spates of poisoned cats and dogs. We’ve often wondered if misuse of rodent poison (or other poisons) could be the reason behind them. You’d be amazed by how many homeowners have admitted to using rat or mouse poison to try and kill off bats, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, skunks, and so many more. You can probably guess the outcome by the fact we“really telling you the stories ... The poisons don’t work, the homeowner eventually gives up, and we get that phone call that we’re expertly trained to deal with.

Poison is dangerous and it doesn’t work. You’re just playing with fire if you guess or estimate how much you’d need of certain substances to kill off certain wild animals, and there are so many other things that you will need to take into account. What happens if you leave poison about, the coyote doesn’t get it, but your cat does? Or your kid? Or a rat gets to it and then dies, leaving your cat to eat it and then suffer the horrifying effects of accidental secondary poisoning.

If you have problems with a coyote or coyotes, call in the professionals and build a fence around your land. The right kind of fence.

For more information, you may want to read How to get rid of coyotes or click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How To Guide: Who should I hire? - What questions to ask, to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself! - Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: How much does wildlife removal cost? - Analysis of wildlife control prices.

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