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Jan 21 2011, 12:57 PM ESTThere have been quite a few reports lately of coyote sightings and attacks on humans in Nova Scotia. I don't know how much is fear-mongering. What is being said is that coyotes have interbred with wolves, producing a breed that is bigger and which hunts in packs and has less fear of humans. Do you think that horses on a PP would be at risk? Since I am in the design stages of my PP, I am wondering if I should keep it smaller, on an old pasture, and within sight of my cabin or whether the two horses would be fine having access to the back 20 acres. This is growing up after being logged 12 years ago, so it is quite scrubby but there is a still-somewhat-passable track looping through made for the logging trucks. But out of sight and I would have no way of knowing if they were in trouble.
This is a definitely rural area, with not many people around as farming has been in decline. The neighbours have not mentioned coyotes as a potential problem, only that black bear are around. Do bear worry horses? There have not been reports of bears ever hurting humans in Nova Scotia.
I am not much of a worry-wart usually, but I don't want to put the horses in danger! Any thoughts much appreciated.
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