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#6781862 - 06/02/17 10:49 AM Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs?
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I don't mean scavenging previously killed hogs, we've all seen that. I mean actively hunting and killing pigs. I say pig, because they wouldn't go after a hog (over 60 pounds) it's too much risk.
Or does the sounder protect the young?

I ask, because I've got lots of coyotes, and a sounder that roves around. I do not see deer numbers like they ought to be, so I kill every hog and coyote I see.
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#6781868 - 06/02/17 10:57 AM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I did see a coyote in full retreat mode being chased by a 100 lb or so sow. She was giving it her best but of course had no chance at catching up. The chase lasted a solid 150 - 200 yards before she gave up.

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#6781880 - 06/02/17 11:08 AM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I don't mean scavenging previously killed hogs, we've all seen that. I mean actively hunting and killing pigs. I say pig, because they wouldn't go after a hog (over 60 pounds) it's too much risk.
Or does the sounder protect the young?

I ask, because I've got lots of coyotes, and a sounder that roves around. I do not see deer numbers like they ought to be, so I kill every hog and coyote I see.


I haven't seen any proof of this, but Coyotes are opportunist so I would think in the right situation they would make that kill. I'm with you on Seeing and Shooting when I can.

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#6782058 - 06/02/17 02:44 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I see pigs just about everyday and coyotes on most days.
I have never seen a coyote with a small pig in its mouth or ever seen one chase one.
I've watched coyotes give a group of pigs a wide birth every time I have seen the two close together.
I guess if the momma pig got killed and she had some little piglets that were left stranded one might try to kill it. But for the most part I think coyotes steer way clear of anything that smells like a pig.

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#6782134 - 06/02/17 04:02 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I find coyote scat with hog hair all the time. They have to be eating the smaller piglets.
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#6782149 - 06/02/17 04:20 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Would have to be one brave coyote to attempt it. I've never seen the little piglets get very far away from momma.

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#6782180 - 06/02/17 05:09 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: Erathkid]
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Originally Posted By: Erathkid
I find coyote scat with hog hair all the time. They have to be eating the smaller piglets.
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#6782226 - 06/02/17 06:15 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: JLP83]
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Originally Posted By: JLP83
Would have to be one brave coyote to attempt it. I've never seen the little piglets get very far away from momma.
I know 2 different people that have caught piglets by hand. Tiniest ones are usually at the back of the line.
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#6782246 - 06/02/17 07:03 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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When I was driving the roads in llano looking at deer last year there were 2 piglets all by themselves sitting on the other side of a small fence. I walked up to within 10 ft without them even noticing me. No big ones around at all. believe me I was hesitant to walk over there looking for the older pig laying down in the brush. I had my cc gun with me and It was running through my mind the consequences of shooting a pig even in self defense on a public road.

If a coyote would have come along one of them would have been dinner. They wouldnt last long without protection from mama pig in the wild.


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#6782296 - 06/02/17 08:20 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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In the last dozen years, I have seen coyotes on piglets a number of times as have my hunters. Usually, it is fairly soon after killing a sow with piglets as they keep milling around then all hell breaks loose. Like someone else stated, I see hog hair in coyote scat all the time and after my prescribed burns, I'm always surprised to find the number of small hog skulls that I do once the ground cover is burnt off.

On the other end of it, we have killed a number of coyotes of freshly killed hogs that we position near our deer blinds. My dad shot two that were sitting on top a very large bore, plunked them right off. One watched the other and then he died too.

The weirdest piglet snatch I've witnessed was right after daylight one morning. I had killed a very large sow at my house feeder and the piglets had remained in a tight group while moving into a .65 acre food plot that had just low vegetation. My dad had come out of his house to watch as I was going to use #6 shot to police up the piglets. We were on the edge of the plot while I was switching out the shells in the shotgun and commenting on a white piglet in the group. While we watched a caracara swooped down and scooped it up and started to fly away from us toward the brushline. It was a very quiet, still morning and the pig was screaming a fit. My dad started to speculate about whether the bird would drop the piglet at the brushline at the edge of food plot as it looked like he wouldn't clear it. It made it with inches to spare and continued South. I was so intent on watching the bird that I didn't even notice what direction the piglets had scattered so I went back to my coffee.
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#6782336 - 06/02/17 09:19 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Have never seen a coyote kill a pig or even chase one. But we have coyote scat all over the lease with hog hair in it. That's the sole reason I don't kill the coyotes. I have seen several times the sow abandoning the piglets, you can shoot one of the piglets and it can scream it's head off. She doesn't come back. Not going to tell you the sow is not going to come back, but have never seen it happen.

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#6782380 - 06/02/17 10:25 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: corkys son]
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Thank you for the replies, everyone.

Based on the stories my guess is that it depends on the genes in the pack, weather or not they would hunt down pigs.

Does that seem plausible?
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#6782421 - 06/02/17 11:28 PM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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On an archery hunt heard comotion behind me while in my stand, turned & seen a yote carring a piglet off in its jaws... flag
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#6782498 - 06/03/17 07:45 AM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: FiremanJG]
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As said before, Yotes are opportunist if a piglet or small enough pig was easy pickings, they would take it and run.
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#6782501 - 06/03/17 07:50 AM Re: Have you seen evidence of coyotes killing and eating pigs? [Re: Stub]
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Originally Posted By: Stub
As said before, Yotes are opportunist if a piglet or small enough pig was easy pickings, they would take it and run.


No one is arguing that.

I can hear the sounder from time to time. More than once, I've taken off walking, with rifle in hand. If I can hear it, coyotes can hear it, and probably smell it. The sounder in my area seem to stay within three miles of me. Looks like a big ole predator buffet. I wonder if the packs of coyotes go get a meal when ever they feel like it. My bet is yes.
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