Landowners or their agent(s) are authorized to use deadly force on the landowner's property to take coyotes when there is an imminent threat of injury to humans, livestock, or domestic animals, or where coyotes are in the act of causing such injury. Please reference the Coyote Depredation Order for conditions. http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Documents/Statewide%20Depredation%20Order%2001092014.pdf
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How to protect livestock from coyotes
Coyotes will attack small livestock often targeting newborns during lambing and calving season. Any time of year, family groups might attack sheep or other small livestock left unprotected at night.
To protect your livestock:
- Install predator-proof fencing (6-foot woven wire 4-inch x 4-inch mesh, extending two feet underground to prevent digging)
- Add predator-proof calving sheds
- Electric fencing ("Electro-net") may be used separately or around the lower edge of a taller fence
- Use trained herding/guard animals
- Install animal alarms and lighting
- Screen off openings under sheds and decks using sturdy galvanized wire or hardware cloth attached to the lower edge then buried underground, slanting outward 1 to 2 feet
- Predator management through trapping and hunting is also recommended when you experience recurring livestock losses
- Dispose of your dead stock properly and away from your other animals so that coyotes are not attracted to the carcasses for scavenging
Coyotes causing severe damage to pets or livestock or posing a threat to public health and safety, may be removed usingregulated in-season trapping and hunting methods or, outside the season, through special permits issued by state wildlife agencies to professional nuisance wildlife trappers. Trapping coyotes requires advanced training and trapping skills and traps need to be set and checked in accordance with state laws.
When human exposure (bite or scratch) from any mammal occurs, seek medical attention first, then contact the Delaware Division of Public Health (302) 744-4995 for guidance.
When a pet or livestock animal has been bitten or scratched by another animal, or otherwise been potentially exposed to any animal with or suspected of rabies the Delaware Department of Agriculture must be contacted at (302) 698-4630.
Laws and regulations to be aware of
While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.
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