Are you having issues with coyotes? Did you know on average they eat 22 mice a day? I used to have coyote and wolves all around my property with 75+ animals on it and the only loss I had of livestock in 6 years was from hawks. Not cougar, not fox, not bear, not coyote, not lynx, not wolves, all of which crossed my property on a daily basis. One female coyote even had a litter of 19 pups in the slash pile across the road from me.
I used to hear them yip and howl night after night for weeks (for years) until one night it came from under my bedroom window less than 10" from my head. I then borrowed a gun and she would come and mock me just out of the light of the cabin. You could feel her sitting there laughing at me, as she was JUST in the dark. But even at that there was never an issue and eventually she moved on.
The problem with baiting, is if you did not have an issue before, you could be bringing in more predators than you had before. Kinda like hanging out a neon sign like at a fast food restaurant.
I hate poison as not very controllable as to what animal gets into it.
When I moved into the bush, I realized the chances I took there. And I was moving into the wild animals home. In fact the day I moved in there was a black bear on the cabin's porch. Their area is getting smaller and smaller. I made sure I had stout fences, animals were in at night and it must have worked other than that hawk, who met his demise (and no I did not shoot it, someone else did). But sometimes the threat one thinks, is not always the reality. So although I know coyote can be more than a nuisense, they can be beneficial as well.
This one had just been digging for and hunting mice with its mate.
Their primary diet is made up of small rodents, but coyotes are opportunistic and will consume a vast array of foods including birds and insects, fruit and vegetables, human garbage and compost, outdoor pet food and small free-roaming pets. Typically only the dominant pair breeds and produces one litter per year.Reducing Human-Coyote Conflicts Never deliberately feed a coyote or other wild mammal.
Securely cover garbage cans and compost bins.
Remove fallen fruit from yards.
Don't feed pets outside
Eliminate opportunities for rats to breed in and around your yard.
Never deliberately approach a coyote and teach children to respect all wildlife from a distance.
Keep house pets indoors and allow only controlled access to the outdoors (fenced yards and leashes). Always keep pets in from dusk to dawn when coyotes are most active.
To prevent coyotes from entering your yard consider removing unnecessary brush, installing a motion-sensitive lighting system, or installing a coyote proof fence. To be effective fences must be at least six feet tall, have no openings greater than four inches and should extend flush with the ground.
If you do not want coyotes around your home, let them know that they are not welcome.