Coyotes kill Michigan sheriff’s horse

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A Handbook for Ranch ManagersLAPEER COUNTY, MI — Authorities say an attack by coyotes has killed a horse from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office mounted division.

The attack happened about 3 p.m. Sunday at a farm in Oakland County’s Oxford Township.

“They had caused so much damage to her we couldn’t save her,” Lapeer County Deputy Kallie Meyers said Monday night.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewMeyers said the attack happened on Sunday afternoon at her farm in northern Oakland County. K.O. Carmen, a 27-year old mare that was formerly an event horse, was in a separate pen eating when coyotes began their taunt. Meyers said the horse scrambled to get away but slipped on ice, and that’s when the pack attacked.

Combat Shooter's Handbook“This is devastating to a horse owner, especially a mounted officer, because their animal is their partner. It would be no different than losing a K-9 dog,” said Lt. Bruce Osmon of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Osmon, head of the mounted unit, says the horse was feeding around 20 feet from a barn and 70 feet from a home at the time.

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“When I’ve come upon them, they’re not afraid of me, they don’t run away. They’ll stand within 20 feet of you and just look at you, and you can make noise, and they’ll walk away, they don’t run away,” said Deputy Meyers.

A group of five to six coyotes attacked the 27-year-old horse while it was eating, police said. The horse was brought to the ground during the attack.

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Diesel, one of the dogs that chased the pack away, was injured in the scuffle and has teeth marks from one of the coyotes.

Deputy Meyers worries with a pack of coyotes this fearless, who knows what could happen next.

“Had this been a small child or had someone slipped and fell onto the ice, they were right there,” said Meyers.

Deputy Meyers says that her plan is to put a donkey in the pasture with the rest of her horses. She says donkeys will fight back, and they’ll make a lot of nose, which scares the coyotes off.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Natural Resources is investigating the coyote attack.

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2 Responses to Coyotes kill Michigan sheriff’s horse

  1. Rich says:

    Many of these wolf lovers seem to have no appreciation of how dangerous wolves can be. If any would read the original novel, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, they would understand. In the second less-familiar part of that book, Crusoe and Friday went back to Europe after they left the famous island. Defoe made it abundantly clear how severely wolves threatened people in those days. There’s a reason why wolves were the most-common danger in most European fairy tales. As Defoe recounts, people absolutely did not travel across the mountains between, say, France and Spain, without well-armed protectors. Even one wolf was a menace, but wolves in numbers, as in packs, were extremely deadly to humans and their horses. The idea that wolves are more like those cross-bred actors in Kevin Costner’s film, Dances with Wolves, is a myth.

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    • I know of (via Range Magazine) of ranching families in the re-introduction areas who have actually had Wolves lurk around their homes and stalk the family. And, I’m not sure that even donkeys or any of the large stock dogs breeds are a match for a pack of wolves.

      The only solution I can come up with right off is one that was brought on by the silly Endangered Species Act–(aka the three S syndrome) shoot, shovel and shut-up. The do-gooders don’t seem to realize that the ESA is causing species to become extinct.

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