How to protect livestock from coyotes in New Jersey | Coyote

How to protect livestock from coyotes

Coyotes will attack small livestock often targeting newborns during lambing and calving season. Any time of year, packs 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
  • Keep poultry contained within predator-proof fencing and sturdy coops
  • 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

Coyotes causing severe damage to pets or livestock or posing a threat to public health and safety, may be controlled through regulated in-season trapping and hunting 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.

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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