Well, I just shot (at/near) my first coyote on the property. Usually this is Steve's job, but since he's been gone I swear they are getting brave. The dogs always bark bark bark at them but the lone cayotes just cruise along the tree line, and previously I couldn't bring myself to pick up the shotgun and scare them off. Though I have been tempted, multiple times...
However, today the dogs barked and ran at the coyote and it hightailed off into the trees. Phew. Except when my two came back to the house, the coyote bounded after them like it was a game, stopping about halfway between the tree line and house. I'm sorry but that is WAY TOO CLOSE for me. I don't want them to even think they can be friendly with us, or the dogs, or cat.
So I loaded up a shotgun shell, went out on the back porch and fired about 50' to the left of him. (I had no intention of hurting him, just wanted to scare him). And BOY howdy did he run for the hills. Mission accomplished. And I was all shaky... Hope I don't have to do that again soon - not a huge fan of using the shotgun when Steve's not home! Although it's intended purpose is for scaring off wild animals and intruders, so I guess I used it correctly for that. Just one shell. And the chickens will thank me one day. (when we get them)
Anyway, that's my excitement for the afternoon.