How to Keep Coyotes Away

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Subject: coyotes

If you trap a coyote and take it away from its pack, they will be back before nightfall. Also, please do not let it go near those of us who are trying to keep our other animals alive. I have baby pygmy goats and have lost two so far--during the day when they are let out of their pens to graze. All of my tame Canada Geese are gone this year, as well as every duck on my pond, and many chickens. I love my animals and do not want to see them massacred by coyotes that are overpopulating the area. They have attacked one of my neighbors little dogs also and killed it. They will kill all of your cats unless you can give them a house or shelter to get into with a small cat door that the coyotes cannot fit thru. As they get bolder, they attack children and anyone walking a pet. They do become more dangerous and will spread rabies readily.

sindi jessen

Subject: coyotes killing my cats

I live outside the city limits and we have heard packs of coyotes a few times, but never thought anything of it, till 6 of my cats have come up missing. They have gotten alot closer and just recently they are in my back yard. I live right on the edge of a canyon. I called the fish and wild life game department and really didnt like what they said. They said coyotes are hunted all year long, and anyone with a lisence can kill them. I dont want them killed, but they said they cant live trap them and relocate them like I wanted cause they said they would die. Plus they said I can get a trapper for 43.00 an hour. Theres no way I can afford that. I just wanted them humanely trapped and put further out in the woods away from people and there pets. There to much like a dog I couldnt have them trapped and killed and live with myself if I did that. There has to be a humane easy and cheap way to either move them or get them to just move away from my area, so I can keep my cats safe and keep my cats longer than 11 months. Any help would be so grateful. Thank you .

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.