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How to Tell if a Coyote Killed Your Chickens, Livestock, Pets

By Nite Guard LLC
coyote kill styleHow can you tell if a coyote killed your chickens, livestock, or pets? Here, we describe the coyote’s kill style to help you determine if a coyote is your culprit.


Coyote Kill Style

Coyotes attack and kill their prey with a bite to the throat. Wounds on the flank, hindquarters, and front shoulders are additional signs that you’re dealing with a coyote. Coyote prints are similar in size to a dog’s, but are more compact and oval. Read our description of a coyote kill in our Guess the Predator blog series.

If the description above sounds familiar, then your predator is a coyote. Now you know which animal you’re dealing with, what’s your next step? Head over to the Nite Guard blog where we have lots of resources to help you keep coyotes away.


Learn how to keep coyotes away from dogs, livestock, and chickens:

A Different Predator

If our description of the coyote’s kill style doesn’t fit with what you’ve seen, then you’re probably looking at a different predator. Read kill styles for raccoon and fox. If those sound unfamiliar, we’re here to help, too. We can help you identify your predator. Just give us a call at 1-800-328-6647 or send us an email.