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In Reply to: predators and goats posted by Debra (VA) on August 22, 2001 at 07:26:23:
That is kind of a tough situation without having at least one or two large guard dogs of your own. It sounds to me like your electric fence is not giving them a good enough jolt. Usually, depending on the coat of hair of the dog, they get zapped pretty badly and learn right away to steer clear of the fence. You may want to check your ground system - if you are only using one ground rod, I'd consider installing a second one and keep the area around them very wet at all times.
In my opinion there's not really much else you can do without the aid of some type of large guard animals short of building your fence with consantina (sp) wire. Traps are an option as are a few good rifles, a little patience and the willingness to carry out the deed of thinning out the varmint population that is going to be detrimental.
I would think that the packs of dogs would be kept in check by ther coyotes and vice versa but in my opinion, packs of anything like that running wild are detrimental. You may want to contact your local ag extension agent and your local animal control as well. Perhaps some others will have other ideas as well.
Personally I just don't know where we would be without our large guard dogs keeping the varmints at bay.
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